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What is it like to be a Doctor?

Doctors, also known as general or medical practitioners or physicians, apply scientific knowledge for the diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental illnesses and injuries, and prescribe medications to restore the health of their patients. General practitioners can undertake additional education and training in a variety of specialisations including, obstetrics, psychiatry, neurology, paediatrics and surgery, among many others.

Doctors work in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, private practices or clinics, community health centres and the defence forces, among many others.

For more information about a career as an Doctor, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Doctors must be flexible and have a high degree of self-motivation, self-confidence and self-discipline. Your success as a Doctor is heavily dependent on your analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • Self-confidence
  • Able to exercise high ethical standards
  • Able to relate to people
  • Compassionate towards others
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • A high degree of motivation and self-discipline.

To become a Doctor

To be able to become a Doctor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

And a Professional Graduate Entry Medical Program

Our Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences prepares students for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) to seek entry into postgraduate medicine.

Professional Accreditation


Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences prepares students for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) to seek entry into postgraduate medicine.


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Are you good at understanding people and situations? Do you enjoy helping others?

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