Hospitalists
SOC: 29-1069.03

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate 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
  • Internal Medicine Hospitalist
  • Medical Director
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Hospitalist
  • Pediatric Hospitalist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aspheric lens magnifiers
  • Automated defibrillators
  • Ayre's spatula
  • Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Bipolar forceps
  • Blood glucometers
  • Cannula sets
  • Capnograph monitors
  • Carbon dioxide monitors
  • Cardiorespiratory monitors
  • Central venous catheters
  • Clinical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
  • Cold biopsy forceps
  • Continuous wave Doppler ultrasounds
  • Cytobrushes
  • Dictaphones
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital handheld thermometers
  • Dressing forceps
  • Dual-mode cell phones
  • Echocardiography systems
  • Electroencephalographs
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Endo-cervical brushes
  • Endoscopic dissectors
  • Endotracheal tubes
  • Fetal ultrasound monitors
  • Fine biopsy needles
  • Flexible bronchoscopes
  • Flexible endoscopes
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopes
  • Galilean loupes
  • Gastrostomy feeding tubes
  • Gooseneck magnifiers
  • Hand-held ultrasound devices
  • Headband magnifier lights
  • High-speed multislice computed tomography CT scanners
  • Hot biopsy forceps
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Indwelling catheters
  • Inflation devices
  • Infusion pumps
  • Invasive blood pressure monitors
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngeal mask airways LMA
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Magnifier glasses
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical suction catheters
  • Medication dispensing machines
  • Neckband hanging magnifiers
  • Needleless injection systems
  • Opthalmoscopes
  • Otoscopes
  • Pacing generators
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phonocardiographs
  • Pressure infusers
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Pulsed Doppler ultrasounds
  • Rigid bronchoscopes
  • Smartphones
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Splinter forceps
  • Surgical graspers
  • Suture passers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tongue depressors
  • Tourniquet cuffs
  • Trocars
  • Ultrasonic scalpels
  • Ultrasound catheters
  • Vaginal specula
  • Wood's lamps
  • Billing software
  • Computerized physician order entry CPOE software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Email software
  • Epocrates Essentials
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • MDeverywhere
  • Medical decision support software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • Medical reference software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Voice recognition software
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800