What They Do
More importantly, these are the specialists responsible for helping women have healthy pregnancies and healthy newborns. For the majority of Ob/Gyns' practices, the monitoring of pregnant women and delivery of their newborns is their primary practice.
Education and Qualifications
In order to be board-certified as an Ob-Gyn, a physician must graduate from medical school and then fulfill a four-year residency approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rotations are divided between obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and ultrasonography.
Demand and Compensation
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expect jobs for doctors, including gynecologists and obstetricians, to grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2018. They also predict the retirement of many experienced doctors. Open positions should outnumber applicants, especially in rural and low-income areas.
BLS estimates that gynecologists and obstetricians earned an average income of $192,780 in 2008.