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What is an Internist?

Position Description Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

Life As an Internist

  • Advise surgeon of a patient’s risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk.
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.
  • Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
  • Prepare government or organizational reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.
  • Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.

Internist Skills

When polled, Internists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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  • Physician
  • General Doc
  • Staff Internist, Office-Based Only
  • Associate Medical Director for Adolescent Services

Internist Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 49,800 jobs for Internist in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 7,200 new jobs for Internist by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,100 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Internist are Arizona, Oregon, and Maryland. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Rhode Island, or North Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for an Internist

The average yearly salary of an Internist ranges between $57,420 and $208,000.

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Internists who work in Alabama, Alaska, or Arizona, make the highest salaries.

How much do Internists make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $236,850
Alaska $226,770
Arizona $217,820
Arkansas $220,010
California $207,050
Colorado $220,070
Connecticut $236,460
Delaware $182,950
District of Columbia $150,430
Florida $204,230
Georgia $111,250
Hawaii $212,360
Idaho $195,330
Illinois $195,610
Indiana $197,370
Iowa $211,250
Kansas $197,440
Kentucky $194,150
Louisiana $194,910
Maine $236,220
Maryland $177,670
Massachusetts $246,240
Minnesota $251,310
Mississippi $240,050
Missouri $230,620
Montana $205,220
Nebraska $259,500
Nevada $260,100
New Hampshire $265,930
New Jersey $249,200
New Mexico $267,630
New York $195,250
North Carolina $260,860
North Dakota $191,700
Ohio $219,910
Oklahoma $216,910
Oregon $251,050
Pennsylvania $208,400
Rhode Island $195,430
South Carolina $223,900
South Dakota $287,890
Tennessee $208,860
Texas $145,230
Utah $229,850
Vermont $221,310
Virginia $224,700
Washington $220,150
Wisconsin $251,480
Wyoming $275,350

What Tools & Technology do Internists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Internists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Scheduling software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Epic Systems
  • Billing software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Practice management software PMS
  • eClinicalWorks
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • e-MDs software
  • SOAPware EMR
  • ChartWare EMR
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Practice Partner Total Practice Partner
  • Medical reference software
  • MedcomSoft Record

How do I Become an Internist?

What education or degrees do I need to become an Internist?

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What work experience do I need to become an Internist?

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Where do Internists Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Internists employed by various industries.

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