Orthopedic Surgeons


Orthopedic surgeons help people who have disorders of bones and joints. They set broken bones and put on casts. They are the physicians who repair or replace hip, knee or finger joints. Joint problems, such as arthritis may also be treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

Working Conditions

Orthopedic surgeons often work many long hours in a clinic or hospital.


The median income for surgeons is around $217,000 a year.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Courses in English, biology, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. It is also helpful to take courses in the humanities and social sciences, health and nutrition.

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Education & Training

It takes many years of education and training to become a surgeon. Four years of school to earn a bachelor's degree, four years of medical school and up to eight years of internship and residency is required to become an orthopedic surgeon. A final exam is necessary for board certification as a specialist.

Job Outlook

There will be good opportunities for all types of physicians and surgeons.

Sources for Additional Information

Association of American Medical Colleges
Section for Student Services
2450 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20037-1131

American Medical Association
Dept. of Communications and Public Relations
515 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610