Job Description

Doctors, also known as Physicians, are licensed health professionals who maintain and restore human health through the practice of medicine. They examine patients, review their medical history, diagnose illnesses or injuries, administer treatment and counsel patients on their health and well-being.

Careers Ladder


To pursue a career in medicine you need to finish year 12 and graduate from a bachelor’s degree. You then need to complete a four-year postgraduate medical program. To be fully registered, you must also complete an intern year.

Becoming a doctor is quite a competitive process. The number of years and steps involved will depend on the course and speciality you choose to pursue, as well as whether you are a domestic or international applicant. Below is a summary of the phases that are normally required.

  • Complete year 12 prerequisites
  • Graduate from a bachelor’s degree
  • Sit the GAMSAT and apply for entry
  • Study a Doctor of Medicine
  • Complete an intern year
  • Gain general medical registration through the Medical Board of Australia
  • Complete one or more years of prevocational training
  • Obtain fellowship through a specialty medical training program


  • Confidence
  • Competence
  • Communicator
  • Educated
  • Honesty
  • Organised
  • People Person
  • Passionate
  • Team Player
  • Specialised

Key Skills

  • Compassion
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge
  • Humility
  • Leadership

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;

Upon completing your specialist training, the options open to you will broaden to include:

  • Private medical practice
  • A combination of private medical practice with a visiting medical officer engagement at one or more public hospital
  • Employment as a staff specialist in a public hospital or health facility