Obstetricians are often referred to as “OBs” “Gynecologists” or “OBGYNs”. They are medical doctors whose clients are almost always women who are in their child-bearing years. Not only do they perform gynecological exams and procedures on women but they also work with women who are attempting to become pregnant who are pregnant or who have just given birth. Normally when a woman finds out that she is pregnant an obstetrician will work as that woman’s doctor all the way from the beginning of the pregnancy to the birth. An obstetrician delivers babies and provides follow-up care to women who have recently given birth. An obstetrician is an expert in women’s reproductive systems and often helps women or couples who are experiencing reproductive or conception problems. According to www.ehow.com obstetricians often specialize in “high-risk” pregnancies and depending on the specific situation may monitor the development of a fetus or pregnant mother who is known to have medical issues that require constant attention. Most obstetricians work in hospitals or in private medical practices but some work for colleges and universities as medical professors or as researchers. The website www.pagerankstudio.com describes the educational path to becoming an obstetrician as follows first a high school diploma must be earned. Next a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree must be achieved. Following medical school a residency in obstetrics and gynecology is necessary. Some decide to specialize in a particular area which requires additional training. While it is not always required most obstetricians choose to become certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (“ABOG”). The salary range for an obstetrician is $184045 to $350455 depending on specialty and job location.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $267250
High Salary: $350455
Low Salary: $184045
Tasks: Monitors pregnancies.
Provides medical services to women.
Delivers babies.
Examines newborns to ensure their health.
Also Called: Physician
Medical Doctor
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