Orthopedic Surgeon  

By: Jasmine Sevilla


An Orthopedic Surgeon can make as much as 436-681 thousands dollars yearly. Your salary also depends on the location where you are working at. For example, the bigger the city, the more money you make. When you first start out, you are expected to make 369-423 thousands dollars yearly. Now if you've been working, say 5-6 years, you are expected to make 402-459 thousand yearly, again this all depends if you're great at your job.  

What Is Done At This Job?

An Orthopedic surgeon has to know every single bone in your body, along with the muscles and joints they articulate with. Let me remind you there are 206 bones in your body and a lot of muscles and joints.  If you ever get injured they have to know off the top of their head what to do in order to fix you, sometimes in order to save your life. Some Ortho. surgeon work more than 60 hours a week.

Required Skills

Orthopedic surgeons have to be specialized in the musculoskeletal system. They also must learn specific surgical skills that include methods of asepsis (preventing infections) Through techniques such as washing hands, using sterile linens and supplies, and using sterile gloves and other protective equipment. This type of surgeon also must learn how to make an incision and master the steps involved in tying surgical knots or the use of tools to insert equipment such as pins, rods and bolts; meaning the surgeon must learn how to use all of the tools correctly to prevent patient injury. Not only do they have to know the tools, but they have to be able to think fast and mange their time. As a surgeon you always have to work well with your team, and have great stamina, you might be in a OR for up to 8 hours sometimes.


Orthopedic surgeons have to follow the traditional educational path through college to medical school and residency, this process may take up to 13 years. Some of the classes you may take in medical school are anatomy, physiology, organic chemistry, microbiology, biology, human development and advanced mathematics. One university that these requirements that can be met is the level 1 trauma center, UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch)


You have to have a Bachelors, and MD degree. That being said you don't have to have a phD or a masters, but you could if you wanted to. There are test you also have to take and pass to become an orthopedic surgeon. They are the MCAT, then you MUST pass the State Board exam to be a board certified doctor.


If you are willing to put in the hard wok and sacrifice, it will still be hard, but you will make it as an Orthopedic surgeon. You have to have a high GPA (3.5+),  and good MCAT scores (over 30). Even then it takes about three tries to get into medical school. In the United States, there is a record of about 28,047 Orthopedic Surgeons, not including the rest of the world. There will always be Ortho. doctors, without them you are out of luck if you have a serous injury and there is no doctor that specializes in that field of surgery.


The most obvious reason, is Surgeons get paid a lot of money! Not only that, but you get to help people everyday and if you love daily challenges, this job will be perfect for you. If you don't like to be an Orthopedic Surgeon, there are other types of surgeons as well. For instants, Cardiothoracic, Neurologist, General, Pederastic and Plastic Surgery.

Why I picked it?

The human body always fascinated me, and I really wanted to know more about it. I am willing to always help others and blood doesn't bother me. I think what really inspired me was my grandpa, he is an Orthopedic Surgeon. He was born in Nicaragua and came to the U.S when he was 27, I figured if he could do it (coming from really no where) I could too! Plus I would have a head start, with him helping me along the way.   Personally I think I would make a good Orthopedic Surgeon. :)



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