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.
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.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
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:
- 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 Health (Biomedical Science major) prepares students for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) to seek entry into postgraduate medicine.
Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Science major) prepares students for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) to seek entry into postgraduate medicine.