Hourly Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-0.6% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Internists Do

Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

Other Job Titles Internists May Have

Doctor, Gastroenterologist, General Internal Medicine Physician, General Internist, Internal Medicine Doctor, Internal Medicine Physician (IM Physician), Internist, Medical Doctor (MD), Physician, Primary Care Physician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Primary Care Provider ,

Hoag Hospital

When it comes to duties, work days are relatively the same. Although, the patients who visit may vary. I get to know my patients the day I meet them and then in every follow-up visit. I do my best to treat them as a whole, focusing on the cough they came in for but also asking them how they’re doing and if anything else is going on. I feel like every day is different because no one person is alike.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
  • Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or problems of the lung, brain, kidney, or gastrointestinal tract.
  • Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza or pneumonia, as well as serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, in adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
  • Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital.

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