Military Occupational Medicine Physicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Military occupational medicine physicians establish procedures to identify occupational hazards, notify appropriate agencies of occupational disease or injuries, and investigate job-related injuries and illnesses. They coordinate and administer programs that deal with employee leave resulting from illness/injury and the logistics of a return to work. They advise management on federal laws and serve as a liaison with federal, state, and local agencies.

Work Environment

Occupational medicine physicians work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Occupational Medicine Physicians in the Military

19,713

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Salary

Average Salary

$59,786

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 71%
  • Doctoral degree 25%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for occupational medicine physicians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS® Essentials and Fundamentals Mishap Investigation and Prevention Operational Aeromedical Problems Senior LeadershipJoint Operations Medical Management

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