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Specialist Physicians

What they do?

Specialists in clinical medicine perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Supervise laboratory activities

B. Act as consultants to other physicians.

Specialists in surgery perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Assess patients' diseases or disorders to determine appropriate surgical procedures

B. Perform and supervise surgical procedures to correct physical abnormalities and deficiencies and repair injuries

C. Act as consultants to other physicians.

D. Diagnose and treat diseases and physiological or psychiatric disorders

E. Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures

F. Prescribe medication and treatment and refer patients for surgery

G. May conduct medical research.

Specialists in laboratory medicine perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Study the nature, cause and development of diseases in humans and the structural and functional changes caused by diseases

B. Conduct microscopic and chemical analyses of laboratory samples and specimens

Where they find work?

1. Health care and social assistance - 97.0%
2. Public administration - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. You must complete a Bachelor of Science degree or, in Quebec, a college program in health science, and one year of pre-medicine university studies.

2. You must graduate from an approved medical school with training in your chosen area of specialization.

3. You must complete the certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and obtain a licence from the licensing authority in the province/territory where you'll work.

4. You also need to complete an additional period of supervised fieldwork/practical training or specialty residency program. The minimum residency program duration is four years and must be taken at a designated teaching hospital recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

5. Almost 2 in 5 have either an undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Chemistry
4. Biology

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Specialist Physicians is $25.45/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Specialist Physicians wages

Expected Wage by Age

Specialist Physicians Wage By Age


0% of Specialist Physicians are unemployed. This rate is below the average for professionnal occupations.


Specialist Physicians Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Specialist Physicians Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Specialist Physicians is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($25.45) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is also above average.

3. The unemployment rate (0%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. Employment opportunities will likely grow at an above average rate because of ongoing trends--a growing and aging population that requires more health care, technology advances that create a need for highly trained/specialized physicians, and health care insurance that covers more treatments/procedures.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Specialist Physicians are found in Quebec and Manitoba while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (41%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Proposal writing

2. Business and financial management

Part Time Workers

Specialist Physicians Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

12% of Specialist Physicians are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 32,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 30% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Specialist Physicians Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The older-than-average worker (45) will likely be offset by a later retirement age (67) resulting in an average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Specialist Physicians Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 64% of Specialist Physicians are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Specialist Physicians Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

41% of the individuals employed as Specialist Physicians are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.