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SOC Code: 29-1069.03

Provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.

Sample of reported job titles: Academic Hospitalist; Associate Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine; Chief of Hospital Medicine; Chief of Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine Director; Hospitalist; Hospitalist Medical Director; Hospitalist Program Director; Inpatient Services Director; Medical Director


  • Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.
  • Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
  • Admit patients for hospital stays.
  • Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
  • Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.
  • Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
  • Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
  • Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
  • Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Direct the operations of short stay or specialty units.
  • Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
  • Train or supervise medical students, residents, or other health professionals.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Billing software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Information retrieval or search software - Medical reference software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - MDeverywhere; Medical decision support software; Medical procedure coding software ; MEDITECH software (see all 7 examples)
  • Mobile location based services software - Global positioning system GPS software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Voice recognition software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles - Automated defibrillators
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits - Sphygmomanometers
  • Blood pressure recording units - Invasive blood pressure monitors
  • Bronchoscopes or accessories - Flexible bronchoscopes; Rigid bronchoscopes
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P - Pacing generators
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes - Echocardiography systems; Ultrasound catheters
  • Cell scrapers - Ayre's spatula
  • Central venous catheters
  • Dictation machines - Dictaphones
  • Digital cameras
  • Drug delivery system or accessories - Medication dispensing machines
  • Electroencephalograph EEG or accessories - Electroencephalographs
  • Electronic stethoscopes or accessories - Electronic stethoscopes
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies - Carbon dioxide monitors
  • Endoscopic clamp or dissector or grasper or forceps - Surgical graspers
  • Endoscopic cytology or microbiology brushes - Cytobrushes; Endo-cervical brushes
  • Endoscopic dilators or inflation devices - Inflation devices
  • Endotracheal tubes
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products - Flexible endoscopes; Flexible sigmoidoscopes
  • Gastrostomy feeding tube kits - Gastrostomy feeding tubes
  • Glucose monitors or meters - Blood glucometers
  • Handheld thermometer - Digital handheld thermometers
  • Hypodermic needle - Hypodermic needles
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use - Infusion pumps; Pressure infusers
  • Intravenous or arterial administration ports or injection sites or caps or protectors - Needleless injection systems
  • Laboratory scalpels - Ultrasonic scalpels
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories - Laryngoscopes
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes - High-speed multislice computed tomography CT scanners
  • Medical examining mirror headbands or accessories - Headband magnifier lights
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners - Clinical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories - Cannula sets; Medical suction catheters
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories - Continuous wave Doppler ultrasounds; Pulsed Doppler ultrasounds
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use - Fetal ultrasound monitors; Hand-held ultrasound devices
  • Mobile phones - Dual-mode cell phones; Smartphones
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Opthalmoscopes; Otoscopes
  • Patient carbon dioxide detectors - Capnograph monitors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers - Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pharyngeal airways or airways kits - Laryngeal mask airways LMA
  • Pulse oximeter units - Pulse oximeters
  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories - Cardiorespiratory monitors
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories - Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
  • Stethoscopic phonocardiographs - Phonocardiographs
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories - Cold biopsy forceps; Dressing forceps; Hot biopsy forceps; Splinter forceps (see all 5 examples)
  • Surgical dissectors - Endoscopic dissectors
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories - Aspheric lens magnifiers; Galilean loupes; Magnifier glasses; Neckband hanging magnifiers (see all 5 examples)
  • Surgical suture or wire passers or related products - Suture passers
  • Surgical trocars for general use or accessories - Trocars
  • Tablet computers
  • Tongue depressors or blades or sticks - Tongue depressors
  • Tourniquets - Tourniquet cuffs
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps - Wood's lamps
  • Urinary catheterization kit - Indwelling catheters
  • Vacuum tube needles - Fine biopsy needles
  • Vaginal exam specula - Vaginal specula


  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.


  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).


  • Interest code: SI
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 96% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Telephone - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 80% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 80% responded “Very important results.”
  • Consequence of Error - 88% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Contact With Others - 80% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 80% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Electronic Mail - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 64% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 63% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 64% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 60% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 38% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 40% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 32% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 44% responded “About half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
60%Post-doctoral training
32%Doctoral degree
8%Professional degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $100.00+ hourly, $208,000+ annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 372,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 14,300

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