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Specialist Physicians

 
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NOC:3111
Occupation:Specialist Physicians
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

Specialists have an in-depth knowledge and highly specialized skills in a specific medical field. There are many specialities, which can be broadly grouped into clinical medicine, laboratory medicine, and surgery. This group includes residents training to become specialist physicians.

Examples of specialists in clinical medicine include anaesthetists, who administer anaesthetics and control pain during surgery; gynecologists, who study and treat disorders of the female reproductive system; internists, who specialize in disorders of organs such as heart, lungs, kidneys, and stomach; pediatricians, who care for infants and children; psychiatrists, who specialize in disorders of the mind; and oncologists, who treat cancer. These individuals diagnose and treat the diseases, physiological and psychological disorders, and injuries of patients. This may include examining patients; ordering laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic procedures; prescribing and administering medications and treatments; performing surgical procedures; acting as a consultant to other physicians; conducting medical research; teaching; and performing related tasks. Specialists in clinical medicine usually work in private practice or in a hospital.

Specialists in laboratory medicine study the nature, cause, development, and effect of diseases in humans. They supervise laboratory activities and may act as consultants to other physicians. Pathologists and medical biochemists fall into this category. These specialists usually work in hospitals.

Specialists in surgery, of course, supervise and perform surgery. They must assess their patients to determine the appropriate procedures and also act as consultants to other physicians. This group includes general surgeons and specialized surgeons such as cardiac surgeons and orthopedic surgeons. Specialists in surgery usually work in hospitals.

Skills:

Compassion, sensitivity, and a desire to help people are important. Physicians must take final responsibility for their decisions and the effects they have on patients' lives. Therefore, emotional stability, ethics, maturity, and good judgement are essential. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are important. You should be able to inspire confidence and put people at ease. You must be willing to continually update your knowledge and skills. Good health and stamina may be needed, as physicians often work long hours.

Graduation from an approved medical school and specific specialty training are required for specialist physicians. You must be licensed by the provincial licensing authority in order to work as a specialist physician. Specialists in clinical medicine require four to five years of specialty residency training and an additional two years of subspecialty training may also be required. Specialists in laboratory medicine are required to have four to five years of specialty residency training. Specialists in surgery are required to have five to six years of specialty residency training and may require an additional two years of subspecialty training.

Other considerations:

Most physicians are self-employed and administer their services through private practices. Most physicians are paid by fee-for-service, so earnings depend upon the fees paid by the government for various services and the number of patients served. Some physicians are paid through alternative funding plans.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 1,400, and so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With 28% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Specialist Physicians may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion (39%) of the workforce is self-employed, and so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 48% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $92,234. The median income for the occupation overall was $89,647
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

Estimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2013
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1,400Growing296
Below Average
Median:$27.00
Minimum:$19.00
Maximum:$40.00
Percent employed full-time: 50.8 %
Percent self employed:38.8 %
Where will I likely work?
Area of Employment% Employed
Southern Region7.0
Northern Region7.4
Cape Breton9.3
Halifax76.3
Industry of Employment% Employed
Educational Services2.7
Public Administration3.0
Health Care and Social Assistance92.4
What are the workers like?
Age% Employed
15-240.0
25-3418.9
35-4430.3
45-5423.1
55-6418.6
65+9.1
Gender% Employed
Female31.4
Male68.6
Education% Employed
Less than high school graduation certificate0.0
High school graduation certificate or equivalent0.0
Trades certificate or diploma0.0
Non-university certificate or diploma0.0
University certificate or diploma below bachelor0.0
University bachelor's degree4.9
University post graduate degrees95.1
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Physician
Right to Title and Practice:This occupation is regulated in Nova Scotia. Certification attests that the holder has met provincial requirements for the occupation. A certificate is required to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 5005
Halifax, NS B3J 2C2
(877) 282-7767
(902) 422-7476
info@cpsns.ns.ca
Useful contacts:
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine
1459 Oxford Street
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Tel: (902) 494-6592
Doctors Nova Scotia
25 Spectacle Lake Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X7
Tel: (902) 468-1866
Fax: (902) 468-6578
info@doctorsns.com
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Suite 5005 - 7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
Tel: (902) 422-5823
Fax: (902) 422-5035
info@cpsns.ns.ca
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
Tel: (800) 668-3740
Fax: (613) 730-8830
feedbacl@royalcollege.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Biology/biological sciences - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. These programs include courses in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Chemistry - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Medical scientist (MSc, PhD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any undifferentiated clinical science program that prepares graduated physicians (M.D. or D.O.) as research scientists in various areas.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Medicine (MD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered by a university school of medicine.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses, injuries, and other disorders of the human body. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, examination and diagnosis, patient communications, medical ethics and laws, professional standards, and rotations in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, clinical pathology, anesthesiology, family medicine, and psychiatry.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Physical sciences - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the major topics, concepts, processes, and interrelationships of physical phenomena as studied in any combination of physical science disciplines.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca