Emergency Medicine Physicians
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Make immediate medical decisions and act to prevent death or further disability. Provide immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization, and disposition of patients. May direct emergency medical staff in an emergency department.

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Analyze records, examination information, or test results to diagnose medical conditions.
  • Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
  • Collect and record patient information, such as medical history or examination results, in electronic or handwritten medical records.
  • Communicate likely outcomes of medical diseases or traumatic conditions to patients or their representatives.
  • Conduct primary patient assessments that include information from prior medical care.
  • Consult with hospitalists and other professionals, such as social workers, regarding patients' hospital admission, continued observation, transition of care, or discharge.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff.
  • Discuss patients' treatment plans with physicians and other medical professionals.
  • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs and priority of treatment.
  • Identify factors that may affect patient management, such as age, gender, barriers to communication, and underlying disease.
  • Monitor patients' conditions, and reevaluate treatments, as necessary.
  • Perform emergency resuscitations on patients.
  • Perform such medical procedures as emergent cricothyrotomy, endotracheal intubation, and emergency thoracotomy.
  • Refer patients to specialists or other practitioners.
  • Select and prescribe medications to address patient needs.
  • Select, request, perform, or interpret diagnostic procedures, such as laboratory tests, electrocardiograms, emergency ultrasounds, and radiographs.
  • Stabilize patients in critical condition.

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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Title
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education
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Job Training
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SVP Range
Over 4 years of preparation (8.0 and above)

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Training & Credentials

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$100.00+ hourly, $208,000+ annual
State wages
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Employment (2021)
39,500 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Slower than average (2% to 3%)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
1,300
State trends
Top industries (2021)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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