Family Medicine Physicians


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Family Medicine Physicians Do

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Other Job Titles Family Medicine Physicians May Have

Board Certified Family Physician, Family Medicine Physician, Family Physician, Family Practice Medical Doctor (FP MD), Family Practice Physician (FP Physician), Family Practitioner, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Staff Physician, Physician, Primary Care Physician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work


Vo Medical Center

I first look at my schedule for the day and note how many meetings I have. Then I go to my office and start seeing patients. I see patients three days a week and have internal meetings with my staff two days a week. I also have meetings with sales reps, which often happen during lunch. I'll see more patients until around 6 p.m. I have more meetings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and fit in dinner whenever I can. I spend a couple of hours with my family and then cap off the night by responding to emails.

Family Medicine Physician/Lieutenant Commander ,

United States Navy

As a doctor, I look at the list of patients I have scheduled for the day to prepare for the conditions and challenges I may face. I have to review their histories prior to meeting with them so I can speak knowledgeably and be efficient. I interview and examine the patients. Sometimes I perform procedures for them. I order studies, diagnose and prescribe medications and treatments as needed. As a Department Head of Family Medicine in my clinic, I will also perform many administrative duties.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

This page includes information from theO*NET 26.1 Databaseby the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under theCC BY 4.0license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.