We surveyed 592 internists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical internist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an internist?

Low

High

Working as an internist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that internists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an internist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an internist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an internist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an internist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for internists.

Is being an internist stressful?

Low

High

Internists tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an internist?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an internist.

How competitive is the workplace for internists?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for internists.

Does being an internist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for internists.

Are internists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Internists are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do internists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Internists tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an internist physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an internists is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are internists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Internists tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an internist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an internist.

Does being a good internist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an internist.