We calculated that 59% of Thoracic Surgeons are proficient in Heart, Patient Care, and CME. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Compassion, and Detail oriented.
We break down the percentage of Thoracic Surgeons that have these skills listed on their resume here:
"heart," "patient care," and "cme" aren't the only skills we found thoracic surgeons list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of thoracic surgeon responsibilities that we found, including: Communication skills can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a thoracic surgeon to have. According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators" thoracic surgeons are able to use communication skills in the following example we gathered from a resume: "strengthened knowledge of the importance of communication skills between physicians and patients" Another trait important for fulfilling thoracic surgeon duties is compassion. According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress." Here's an example of how thoracic surgeons are able to utilize compassion: "direct patient care with focus on comfort and compassion. " Another skill that is quite popular among thoracic surgeons is detail oriented. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a thoracic surgeon resume: "patients must receive appropriate treatment and medications" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "maintained accurate medical records and documented patient case history in detail. " In order for certain thoracic surgeon responsibilities to be completed, the job requires the skill "leadership skills." According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "physicians who work in their own practice must manage a staff of other professionals." As an example, this snippet was taken directly from a resume about how this skill applies: "delivered advice to surgeon general and executive leadership on public health policies, project implementation, and milestone establishment. " Another common skill for a thoracic surgeon to be able to utilize is "physical stamina." Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable lifting or turning disabled patients, or performing other physical tasks a thoracic surgeon demonstrated the need for this skill by putting this on their resume: "collected comprehensive medical histories, performed physical examinations, and ordered and interpreted diagnostic studies. "
See the full list of thoracic surgeon skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a thoracic surgeon. We found that 51.9% of thoracic surgeons have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 11.1% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most thoracic surgeons have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every six thoracic surgeons were not college graduates.
Those thoracic surgeons who do attend college, typically earn either nursing degrees or business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for thoracic surgeons include medicine degrees or sociology degrees.
Once you're ready to become a thoracic surgeon, you should explore the companies that typically hire thoracic surgeons. According to thoracic surgeon resumes that we searched through, thoracic surgeons are hired the most by Henry Ford Health System, Adventist Health System, and Ascension Health Alliance. Currently, Henry Ford Health System has 2 thoracic surgeon job openings, while there are 1 at Adventist Health System and 1 at Ascension Health Alliance.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, thoracic surgeons tend to earn the biggest salaries at Marshfield Clinic, Altru Health System, and SIH. Take Marshfield Clinic for example. The median thoracic surgeon salary is $369,558. At Altru Health System, thoracic surgeons earn an average of $341,699, while the average at SIH is $322,639. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on thoracic surgeon salaries across the United States.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at United States Army, United States Navy, and Charles River Laboratories. These three companies have hired a significant number of thoracic surgeons from these institutions.