OBSTETRICIANS examine, treat, and care for women during pregnancy and while they give birth. They recommend any changes to diet and physical activities for pregnant women. They deliver babies and check the progress of the mothers. GYNECOLOGISTS examine, treat, and care for women of all ages. They check patient's condition using physical exams, lab results, and by talking to the patient.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $274,000 average per year ($131.75 per hour)
- A small occupation (19,900 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (2.2% per year)
Formal education requirements for OBSTETRICIANS/GYNECOLOGISTS consists of 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of internship and residency, plus 2 years in clinical practice before certification is complete. One to three years of additional training is required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.