US Navy Jobs for Doctors

The U.S. Navy offers career opportunities for persons in various professions, including the medical field. In these specialties, the doctors receive special training to ensure that they deliver quality services to military personnel. This article discusses a number of jobs for doctors in the Navy.

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Quality medical services are critical in the military, and this need creates career opportunities for doctors in different medical specialties. Below is a description of a number of these doctor careers.

Career Comparison

Job Title Average Salary (2017)* Qualifications
Physician $115,937 (Emergency Medicine Physician) Deductive and inductive reasoning to find the root of problems, good listening skills, proper decision making, sensitivity to others' suffering and pain
Pediatrician $130,674 Decision-making and problem-solving skills, a heart for children, good communicator, deductive and inductive reasoning to find the root of problems
Flight Surgeon $132,908 (Surgeons) Good listening skills, proper decision-making, hand and finger coordination, sensitivity to others' suffering and pain
Navy Diving Physician $138,816 (Field Physicians and Surgeons) Superior swimming and diving skills, ability to monitor diving skills, critical thinking, problem solver, good communicator
Pathologist $148,958 Deductive and inductive reasoning to come up with reasonable solutions and conclusions, good communicator, intuitive to identify problems

Source: *U.S. Department of Defense

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Navy Jobs for Doctors

The Navy accords its personnel and their dependents the best healthcare services by employing doctors of various specialties. Below are a number of specialty areas for doctors in the Navy.

Physician

The primary role of a physician in the Navy is to save lives in some of the most dynamic and challenging working environments. A physician works at the base, at sea and in any other place where Navy soldiers are deployed. The physician diagnoses diseases, treats injuries and prescribes medications. The experience of working as a Navy physician is different from that of a civilian physician in that the military offers the best medical equipment and facilities, requires the physicians to work in diverse environments, and provides an opportunity to work with a highly credited diverse medical staff.

Pediatrician

Pediatrics is the field of medicine that deals with the delivery of healthcare services to infants and children. Navy pediatricians treat the dependents of service members on base and at the Navy's medical centers. They determine the genesis of a disease or injury, interpret the results of medical tests or imaging, and authorize treatment and medicine. Sometimes, Navy pediatricians are called upon to serve in humanitarian missions in the United States and around the world.

Flight Surgeon

A Navy flight surgeon is a doctor who has specialized in aerospace medicine and has an aeronautical rating. The surgeon provides medical care aboard planes and will often accompany the troops on their missions. Since flight surgeons find that their services are of most value in combat situations, they must learn how to work and manage a medical team under pressure. A flight surgeon is different from an aviation medical examiner in that the flight surgeon has a flying requirement. A flight surgeon is, therefore, a doctor who has received military pilot training or a military pilot accepted into medical school.

Navy Diving Physician

A Navy diving physician is a doctor who has received specialized training to become an expert diver. To serve as a Navy diving physician, you must already be a licensed physician and then enroll for a one-year training at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center in Florida. The diving physician, also called a diving medical officer, evaluates and assesses diving physicals, and treats dive-related injuries and illnesses. In addition, the diving physician is the medical department's representative in the Navy's diving community.

Pathologist

A Navy pathologist is a medical professional who examines patients' specimens to determine the presence or stage of advancement of disease and other complications. They also conduct autopsies to determine the cause of death. After conducting the tests, pathologists prepare reports and draw conclusions, which become the basis for scientific research or confirm existing theories. Navy pathologists are stationed on Navy ships and on land. Although the Navy does not provide initial pathology training, it offers advanced programs and scholarships in return for military service.

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