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Many people may think at some point about how to become a doctor but have never taken the next step to find out exactly what it will take. We show you exactly what has to be done to become a working and licensed physician. To enter what is probably the most sought after career in the medical field, candidates will have to spend many years in the medical training and work harder than they have ever imagined.

But that sacrifice is paid back ten fold in the future, if you make it all the way through medical school and successfully become a fully licensed physician. There are many opportunities for for licensed doctors across the country, there are also many jobs in the medical field for doctors who do not get their residencies or license. We will get in to more detail about that below and everything else along the way to make becoming a physician happen for you.

Do you want to Become a Doctor?

Before we go any further in discussing the exact steps you will have to take to become a physician, we should make sure that it is the career you want to have and go after. As you probably know and will definitely see below, it takes a lot of time in school and even more time reading and studying along the way.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Doctor?

It takes a minimum of 11 years to become a licensed physician. You will have to spend 4 years getting a bachelor’s degree, 4 years getting your medical degree and at least 3 years in a medical residency training program. It can be as much as 17 years if you have to take more time getting any of your degrees (5 years) or spend extra years in your residency program (3-7 years).

Level of Degree Needed Medical doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) – 4 Years
Degree Field(s) Pre-med (bachelor’s degree) then medical school – 4 Years
License/Certification All states require licensing and there are national certifications
Experience – Complete medical residency and it is required for licensing – 3-7 Years

Source – US Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Physician in 6 Steps

The 6 steps listed below are the exact steps you have to follow to become a doctor in the United States.

Step 1 – Earn your bachelor’s degree
Step 2 – Take and pass the (MCAT) Medical College Admissions Test
Step 3 – Earn your medical degree
Step 4 – Find and complete medical residency program
Step 5 – Get license in your state to practice medicine
Step 6 – Get a National Certification (optional but highly recommended)

Step 1 – Get Bachelor’s Degree

All entry in to medical school requires a bachelor’s degree. Many often wonder what medical schools are looking for on their students. They are looking for those students who have a diverse educational background, experience in the healthcare field and those who also have a strong grasp on the natural sciences. There is not a specific major to get for medical school. That being said, all applicants will have to make sure they complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

To get healthcare field experience while getting your bachelors degree is a great idea. One of the best ways is through volunteering at clinics or hospitals. It is also a wonderful way to make sure becoming a physician is what you want to do.

Step 2 – Take and Pass the (MCAT) Medical College Admissions Test

One of the biggest things you can do for entry in to medical school is to get a high score on the MCAT test. MCAT scores are required at all medical schools. The MCAT test is a standardized one, that so institutions can see which students problem solve, critically think and write at the highest level. The MCAT includes sections on basic biology, chemistry, and physics. The MCAT exam can be registered for and taken up to three times a year to try and improve your score.

Step 3 – Get in to and Pass Medical School

Look forward to spending 4 years in medical school in most situations. You will spend the first couple of years with extensive classroom and lab work. The last two years is when students will work directly with patients under the supervision of actual physicians. In medical school students will study courses in anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology and all the laws and regulations surrounding the healthcare field.

Clinical training will give students experience that they could never get in a classroom. They will participate in many specialty areas. These areas are most likely radiology, neurology, and medicine. The clinical training is designed to give aspiring doctors a chance to get a feel for what type of doctor they would like to become. After completing your clinical training and graduating from medical school you can go and apply for your residency.

Step 4 – Apply for and Complete Your Medical Residency

After finishing medical school, future physicians must apply for a medical residency. Residency programs give aspiring doctors a chance to work with patients directly and practice their skills in a real world setting on a medical team. There will be aspects of internal medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, and even anesthesiology in your medical residency. For those who have questions about medical residency, we have put together some FAQS below:

How much do you make while in a medical residency? – The average salary is $61,200 according to Medscape’s latest report.

How long is a medical residency? – in most cases 4 years, but 3-7 years is the common time-frame.

Do you have to get a medical residency to be a doctor? – Yes, you have to licensed to practice medicine in the United States and to be licensed you have to complete a residency.

What jobs can a physician have in the medical field if they do not have their residency completed? – Here is a list of some of the fields you can get in to in healthcare:

Pharmaceutical Sales
Pharmaceutical Research
Medical Research
Specialist in Poison Information
Sleep Medicine
Emergency Medical Technicians
Personal Trainers
Certified Surgical Technologists and Certified Surgical First Assistants
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Genetics Counselors
Electrodiagnostic Medicine Technicians
Ultrasound Technicians
Respiratory Therapists
Massage Therapy

Step 5 – Get Your License to Practice Medicine

After you pass your medical school program and complete your residency and pass your exams (USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills and Step 3), you can then apply for your license as a physician in the state you are going to practice medicine in.

The medical board for your state will have all the details you will need to get your license. As long as you have satisfied the previous steps included you will be on your way to becoming a doctor!

Step 6 – Get a Certification for Career Advancement

Even though it is not required to have a national medical certification like the Certification by the (ABMS) American Board of Medical Specialties it can really be beneficial to your career for they show your commitment to the career, show that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to be a licensed physician in any state.

Taking the time to get a certification can make the difference when getting that first job opportunity. Anything that sets you apart from the rest is what it is all about.

The Top 162 Medical Schools in the Country

Overall RankNameAddressType of SchoolCampus SettingCampus housing# Undergrads# StudentsGrad RateNet Price
1Harvard UniversityMassachusetts Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts 021384-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes99503156698%$17,590
2University of Virginia-Main Campus1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-26284-year, PublicSuburb: SmallYes167772463994%$17,845
3University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, Maryland 207424-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes307624120086%$16,790
4University of Utah201 Presidents Circle, Room 201, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-90084-year, PublicCity: MidsizeYes247433302370%$13,460
5Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix411 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 850044-year, PublicCity: LargeYes87021158469%$13,081
6Western Texas College6200 College Ave, Snyder, Texas 795492-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes2179217951%$6,406
7Bob Jones University1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard, Greenville, South Carolina 29614-00014-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes2647300566%$13,664
8Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, California 900594-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeNo169596100%$22,613
9Itawamba Community College602 W Hill Street, Fulton, Mississippi 38843-10992-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes4930493047%$6,224
10University of North Florida1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32224-76994-year, PublicCity: LargeYes145831677659%$10,809
11Clemson University201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 296344-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes196692495183%$19,508
12Ball State University2000 University Ave, Muncie, Indiana 473064-year, PublicCity: SmallYes161602188463%$13,642
13Maharishi University of Management1000 N 4th St, Fairfield, Iowa 525574-year, Private not-for-profitTown: RemoteYes324158970%$16,690
14University of ArkansasAdministration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, Arkansas 727014-year, PublicCity: SmallYes233862777866%$15,781
15University of Connecticut352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, Connecticut 062694-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes191332741285%$19,650
16University of Michigan-Dearborn4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-14914-year, PublicCity: SmallNo7177946056%$10,533
17University of Arizona1401 E University, Tucson, Arizona 85721-00664-year, PublicCity: LargeYes341534409764%$15,594
18West Chester University of PennsylvaniaUniversity Avenue and High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 193834-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes145671752775%$19,091
19Oklahoma State University-Main Campus107 Whitehurst, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-10154-year, PublicTown: DistantYes205972469061%$15,009
20Grand Valley State University1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401-94034-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes216802467766%$17,184
21Miami University-Oxford501 East High St, Oxford, Ohio 450564-year, PublicTown: FringeYes173271993480%$20,542
22Northeast Community College801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-04692-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes5016501648%$8,457
23Dodge City Community College2501 N 14th Ave, Dodge City, Kansas 67801-23992-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1548154837%$5,113
24Palo Alto College1400 W Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78224-24992-year, PublicCity: LargeNo9852985234%$3,897
25Garden City Community College801 Campus Dr, Garden City, Kansas 67846-63332-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1917191741%$6,829
26University of Nevada-RenoNorth Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 895574-year, PublicCity: MidsizeYes179302146358%$15,723
27University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez259 Boulevard Alfonso Valdez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 006814-year, PublicCity: SmallNo123211322447%$8,831
28Northwestern University633 Clark St, Evanston, Illinois 602084-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes86422212795%$27,540
29Alpena Community College665 Johnson St, Alpena, Michigan 497074-year, primarily associate's, PublicRural: FringeYes1429142932%$3,183
30Casper College125 College Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82601-46992-year, PublicCity: SmallYes3650365037%$6,438
31Mesalands Community College911 S Tenth Street, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401-33522-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1068106846%$8,418
32University of New Mexico-Main Campus1700 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 871064-year, PublicCity: LargeYes186212431950%$11,620
33Tufts UniversityMedford, Massachusetts 02155-55554-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes56431158693%$26,825
34Holmes Community College#1 Hill St, Goodman, Mississippi 390792-year, PublicRural: DistantYes5678567835%$5,723
35East Mississippi Community College1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, Mississippi 39358-01582-year, PublicRural: RemoteYes4000400037%$6,787
36Washington University in St LouisOne Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63130-48994-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes77511585295%$27,931
37Northwest Vista College3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, Texas 782512-year, PublicCity: LargeNo162931629330%$4,565
38San Francisco State University1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 941324-year, PublicCity: LargeYes265312977855%$14,964
39Central Washington University400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-75014-year, PublicTown: DistantYes114191234255%$14,647
40Montana State UniversityMontana State University, Bozeman, Montana 597174-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes148511681457%$15,801
41Lehigh University27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 180154-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes5047684987%$26,782
42University of Cincinnati-Main Campus2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-00634-year, PublicCity: LargeYes267623788668%$20,085
43Eastern Arizona College615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, Arizona 85552-07692-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes6040604035%$6,479
44Dominican University7900 W Division Street, River Forest, Illinois 603054-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes2106299061%$18,037
45Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-15034-year, PublicCity: SmallYes403634681085%$26,151
46Johns Hopkins University3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218-26884-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes60642615293%$27,868
47Snow College150 E College Ave, Ephraim, Utah 846274-year, primarily associate's, PublicTown: RemoteYes5514551445%$8,907
48Lincoln Memorial University6965 Cumberland Gap Pkwy, Harrogate, Tennessee 37752-99004-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes1953479857%$16,291
49Rockhurst University1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64110-25614-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes2345314575%$22,876
50Georgetown University37th and O St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20057-00014-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes74591920494%$28,509
51Eastern Wyoming College3200 West C St, Torrington, Wyoming 82240-16992-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1462146237%$6,839
52University of Holy Cross4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70131-73994-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes923125549%$12,886
53Western Wyoming Community College2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, Wyoming 829012-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes3183318337%$7,751
54University of Louisville2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, Kentucky 40292-00014-year, PublicCity: LargeYes156412143057%$17,098
55University of Notre Dame400 Main Building, Notre Dame, Indiana 465564-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes86171260797%$30,229
56Howard College1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 797202-year, PublicTown: DistantYes4485448529%$5,557
57Augustana College639 38th St, Rock Island, Illinois 61201-22964-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes2543254374%$24,110
58Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion4201 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana 46953-49744-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes2853318866%$20,342
59Bryan College of Health Sciences1535 S 52nd St, Lincoln, Nebraska 685064-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeNo60471669%$22,464
60Boston UniversityOne Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 022154-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes185153465788%$29,154
61Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College51 Main Street, Perkinston, Mississippi 395732-year, PublicRural: DistantYes8950895036%$7,795
62Boise State University1910 University Dr, Boise, Idaho 837254-year, PublicCity: MidsizeYes220332550446%$12,558
63Tarleton State University1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, Texas 76401-00004-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes113151310946%$12,352
64Mercer University1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 312074-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes4797874066%$21,202
65El Paso Community College9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, Texas 799252-year, PublicCity: LargeNo288192881921%$2,814
66San Juan College4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-46992-year, PublicCity: SmallNo6679667928%$5,796
67University of Tulsa800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-31894-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3267436574%$25,436
68Mills College5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California 946134-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes768125774%$24,900
69Northern Michigan University1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855-53014-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes7089759547%$14,243
70Southern Wesleyan University907 Wesleyan Drive, Central, South Carolina 29630-10204-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1226155153%$16,578
71Southern Oregon University1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, Oregon 975204-year, PublicSuburb: MidsizeYes5362627840%$10,240
72University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747-23004-year, PublicSuburb: MidsizeYes6841851356%$18,152
73Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf3200 Ave C, Big Spring, Texas 79720-72982-year, PublicTown: DistantYes878714%$2,405
74Western Nebraska Community College1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-18992-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1825182526%$5,610
75Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville St, Paris, Texas 754602-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes4959495929%$6,837
76University of Chicago5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 606374-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes66321700294%$33,003
77Manchester University604 E. College Ave, North Manchester, Indiana 469624-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes1186152556%$18,308
78St Philip's College1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-20982-year, PublicCity: LargeNo115901159021%$4,745
79Bay de Noc Community College2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, Michigan 49829-25112-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes1935193532%$7,927
80Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College4701 College Drive, Erie, Pennsylvania 16563-00014-year, PublicSuburb: MidsizeYes4152431266%$23,428
81La Salle University1900 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141-11994-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3904519167%$24,473
82Mount Holyoke College50 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-14894-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes2208233583%$29,737
83Temple College2600 S 1st St, Temple, Texas 76504-74352-year, PublicCity: SmallNo4911491113%$3,873
84College of Our Lady of the Elms291 Springfield St, Chicopee, Massachusetts 010134-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1151153166%$22,702
85Bryn Mawr College101 N Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 190104-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1360169087%$32,521
86Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 447202-year, PublicSuburb: LargeNo116541165419%$5,373
87University of Southern Maine96 Falmouth St, Portland, Maine 041034-year, PublicCity: SmallYes6390814039%$11,963
88Mount Saint Joseph University5701 Delhi Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233-16704-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1443216253%$18,462
89Barton County Community College245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 675302-year, PublicRural: FringeYes4237423732%$8,510
90John Carroll University1 John Carroll Boulevard, University Heights, Ohio 44118-45814-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes3076355578%$28,765
91Mt Hood Community College26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 970302-year, PublicSuburb: LargeNo8612861224%$6,676
92North Idaho College1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814-21992-year, PublicCity: SmallYes5270527027%$7,503
93Scripps College1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-39054-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1052107188%$39,070
94Austin Community College District5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 787524-year, primarily associate's, PublicCity: LargeNo40799407998%$4,194
95Wayne County Community College District801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 482262-year, PublicCity: LargeNo149571495711%$4,939
96Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois1 College Place, DuBois, Pennsylvania 15801-25494-year, primarily associate's, PublicTown: RemoteNo56456453%$18,610
97Dakota Wesleyan University1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301-43984-year, Private not-for-profitTown: RemoteYes884102460%$22,500
98William Woods UniversityOne University Avenue, Fulton, Missouri 65251-10984-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes935230258%$20,934
99Creighton University2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 681784-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes4446891081%$31,317
100Brandeis University415 South St, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-91104-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes3639580088%$39,735
101Duquesne UniversityAdministration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 152824-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes6013927480%$30,710
102Wright State University-Main Campus3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435-00014-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes109251440339%$14,136
103Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute110 8th St, Troy, New York 12180-35904-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes6628789586%$39,308
104Northeast Mississippi Community College101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, Mississippi 388292-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes3512351231%$9,107
105Avila University11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64145-16984-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes1246164950%$18,607
106The University of Findlay1000 North Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840-36534-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes3614487061%$24,122
107Samford University800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229-22404-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes3535561976%$30,594
108Butler Community College901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-32802-year, PublicTown: DistantYes8374837426%$8,223
109Three Rivers College2080 Three Rivers Blvd, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 639012-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes3076307626%$8,074
110Lenoir-Rhyne University625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, North Carolina 286014-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes1825270050%$18,927
111Lipscomb UniversityOne University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-39514-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes2938462065%$25,719
112Goucher College1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21204-27944-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes1525226771%$29,009
113American University4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016-80014-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes82871431180%$33,034
114Ohio Wesleyan University61 S Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015-23704-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1561156167%$27,857
115Springfield Technical Community College1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-12962-year, PublicCity: MidsizeNo4921492122%$7,770
116Cornerstone University1001 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525-58974-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes1625213155%$20,461
117Oral Roberts University7777 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma 741714-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3529405357%$22,044
118George Washington University2121 I Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 200524-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes125462817282%$39,600
119Baylor UniversityWaco, Texas 767984-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes141881721779%$35,158
120University of Dayton300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 454694-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes86171124179%$34,718
121University of Akron Main Campus302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-47024-year, PublicCity: MidsizeYes156341873139%$16,269
122Newberry College2100 College St, Newberry, South Carolina 291084-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes1208120851%$19,683
123Xavier University3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-10924-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes4995712773%$31,240
124Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University5414 Brittany Dr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708084-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeNo1120136835%$14,477
125Thomas Jefferson University1020 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 191074-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3550778664%$27,846
126Little Big Horn College8645 South Weaver Drive, Crow Agency, Montana 590222-year, PublicRural: RemoteNo25525510%$6,840
127South Plains College1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, Texas 793362-year, PublicTown: DistantYes9310931021%$8,260
128Hill College112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, Texas 766452-year, PublicTown: DistantYes4447444726%$10,038
129Treasure Valley Community College650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 979142-year, PublicTown: DistantYes1866186628%$10,707
130Touro College500 7th Avenue, New York, New York 100184-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes59821180047%$19,643
131Macomb Community College14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, Michigan 48088-38962-year, PublicCity: MidsizeNo202202022011%$8,161
132Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College200 I St NE, Miami, Oklahoma 743542-year, PublicTown: DistantYes1897189724%$9,194
133Trinity International University-Illinois2065 Half Day Rd, Deerfield, Illinois 60015-12834-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes703177546%$19,318
134Rose State College6420 S E 15th, Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110-27992-year, PublicSuburb: LargeYes7420742018%$8,773
135Bethel University325 Cherry Ave, McKenzie, Tennessee 382014-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes4560540729%$15,018
136Mercy College of Health Sciences928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-12394-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeNo72772742%$19,095
137Pfeiffer University48380 US Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, North Carolina 28109-09604-year, Private not-for-profitRural: DistantYes900136543%$19,554
138MCPHS University179 Longwood Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-58964-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3966706469%$39,665
139Hampton University200 William R. Harvey Way, Hampton, Virginia 23668-00994-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes3672432158%$28,347
140Angelina College3500 South First, Lufkin, Texas 75902-17682-year, PublicTown: RemoteYes4919491910%$8,972
141Colorado Christian University8787 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 802264-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes6677762552%$25,031
142Bluffton University1 University Drive, Bluffton, Ohio 45817-21044-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes70077054%$26,294
143Hofstra University100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York 115494-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes67011087163%$32,443
144Lourdes University6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania, Ohio 43560-28984-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes1085144434%$17,644
145University of Hartford200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117-15994-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes5000677058%$29,819
146La Sierra University4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, California 92505-82474-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes1825233945%$21,451
147North Carolina Wesleyan College3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 278044-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes2007203429%$16,419
148Lawrence Technological University21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan 48075-10584-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallYes2172291558%$30,222
149Kettering College3737 Southern Blvd, Kettering, Ohio 45429-12994-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes63983935%$19,037
150Notre Dame de Namur University1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, California 94002-19084-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes871149249%$26,913
151Averett University420 W Main St, Danville, Virginia 245414-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes96196142%$23,978
152Southeastern University1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33801-60344-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes7704875542%$24,259
153Cumberland University1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, Tennessee 370874-year, Private not-for-profitTown: FringeYes2093240543%$24,788
154Bard College at Simon's Rock84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230-97024-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes39639660%$40,985
155Hawaii Pacific University1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 968134-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeYes3545408647%$27,688
156Defiance College701 N Clinton, Defiance, Ohio 435124-year, Private not-for-profitTown: DistantYes52254539%$26,084
157Faulkner University5345 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, Alabama 36109-33904-year, Private not-for-profitCity: MidsizeYes2428317828%$21,334
158Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine1858 W Grandview Blvd, Erie, Pennsylvania 16509-10254-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallNo64229NANA
159University of California-San Francisco500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, California 94143-02444-year, PublicCity: LargeYes3114NANA
160Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine2265 Kraft Dr, Blacksburg, Virginia 240604-year, Private not-for-profitCity: SmallNo2005NANA
161Keck Graduate Institute535 Watson Dr, Claremont, California 917114-year, Private not-for-profitSuburb: LargeYes617NANA
162National University of Natural Medicine049 SW Porter Street, Portland, Oregon 97201-48484-year, Private not-for-profitCity: LargeNo32564NANA

How Much Does a Doctor Make?

How much you make as a doctor or physician depends on what kind you are. They median salary was $208,000 according to bls.gov’ latest statistics. Below is a look at the median pay for different types of physicians and doctors.

Anesthesiologists – $267,020
Surgeons – $255,110
Obstetricians/gynecologists – $238,320
Psychiatrists – $220,380
Family/general practitioners – $211,780
Internists – $196,490
Pediatricians – $183,240

Doctor Salary by State

StateHourlySalary
New York$109.12$226,966
Massachusetts$108.35$225,366
Maryland$102.12$212,411
California$101.08$210,244
Connecticut$100.20$208,419
Hawaii$100.16$208,341
Vermont$100.14$208,301
Washington$99.85$207,698
North Dakota$99.73$207,434
Montana$99.73$207,434
Nevada$99.73$207,434
Alaska$99.73$207,434
Wyoming$99.73$207,434
Idaho$99.73$207,434
Nebraska$98.78$205,459
West Virginia$97.51$202,829
Virginia$97.29$202,360
New Hampshire$95.86$199,398
Delaware$95.52$198,690
Arizona$95.51$198,660
New Jersey$95.36$198,352
Minnesota$95.31$198,252
Rhode Island$94.82$197,234
Pennsylvania$94.64$196,858
Colorado$94.45$196,456
South Dakota$94.34$196,228
South Carolina$94.21$195,950
Oregon$93.89$195,289
Tennessee$93.48$194,443
Louisiana$93.46$194,397
Kentucky$92.91$193,243
Ohio$92.76$192,946
Iowa$92.64$192,688
Kansas$92.60$192,602
Indiana$92.35$192,083
Oklahoma$92.33$192,056
Utah$91.73$190,793
Wisconsin$91.05$189,393
Arkansas$90.10$187,415
Alabama$90.08$187,374
Georgia$89.67$186,505
New Mexico$88.86$184,829
Texas$88.74$184,569
Maine$88.27$183,597
Illinois$87.17$181,313
Mississippi$86.72$180,381
Missouri$86.51$179,950
Michigan$86.45$179,821
Florida$83.33$173,332
North Carolina$78.27$162,810

Source – United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is the Job Outlook for Doctors and Physicians?

The job outlook for doctors of all types are seeing tremendous growth across the country at 13% overall growth nationally through the year 2024! The table below breaks it all down for you.

Job Title% GrowthCurrent # of EmployedProjected Employment #
Physicians and surgeons13713,800805,200
Anesthesiologists1533,00038,100
Family and general practitioners14134,800154,100
Internists, general1549,80057,000
Obstetricians and gynecologists1621,70025,000
Pediatricians, general1529,60034,100
Psychiatrists1127,50030,600
Surgeons1445,00051,500
All other physicians and surgeons11372,400414,700

Source – United State Bureau of Labor Statistics