Trauma Surgeon Education and Career Facts

Read about the path to becoming a trauma surgeon, from earning a bachelor's degree all the way through completing a residency and becoming board-certified in trauma surgery. Explore what you'll learn in medical school. Get more information on the job duties of a trauma surgeon. Schools offering Surgical Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Trauma surgeons repair organs, muscle and bone that have been damaged during an injury. Trauma surgeons must have a relevant Bachelor's degree in a related field, plus a doctorate degree from an accredited medical school. Training through a medical residency is also required, as well as medical board certification and licensure.

Degrees Bachelor's degree with specific undergraduate work in science, math and English as well as a doctorate degree from a medical school
Training Residency period of 5-7 years working under the supervision of a licensed doctor
Licensing State medical license and board certification
Job Outlook (2017) 13% growth

How Should I Prepare for Medical School?

You must have a bachelor's degree to be admitted into medical school. Entry into medical school is highly competitive; students are encouraged to have a high cumulative grade point average. Although you can be admitted with any major, many medical schools look for students who have taken science courses in biology, chemistry and physics.

Medical schools also require that you take the MCAT exam and earn a competitive score. Medical admissions boards look for students with a well-rounded body of knowledge and include test scores, extracurricular activities, coursework and letters of recommendation as some of the factors that determine admission.

What Will I Learn In Medical School?

Medical students spend most of the first two years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms. You will take courses in anatomy and physiology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and ethics. You will also learn techniques in patient communication and care.

During the final two years, you will participate in clinical rotations where you work under the supervision of a licensed doctor in various areas of the hospital including emergency, obstetrics and psychiatry. Upon completion of your medical program, you will earn your medical degree and choose a specialty in trauma surgery.

What Additional Training Is There?

After graduating from medical school, you are required to complete a residency. You can complete your residency at a trauma center where your residency can last up to seven years. During your residency, you are required to practice under the supervision of a licensed doctor. Upon completion of your residency, you will be eligible to obtain a license and practice on your own.

What Can I Expect as a Trauma Surgeon?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mean wages for surgeons in May 2017 was $251,890. From 2016 to 2026, surgeon positions are expected to grow by 13%, which is faster than the average for all positions. Job prospects are expected to be especially good for surgeons willing to work in rural or low-income areas because of the difficulty in filling these positions.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:
The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • George Mason University

    George Mason University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at George Mason University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Johns Hopkins University

    Johns Hopkins University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Johns Hopkins University:

    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • American University

    American University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at American University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Kaplan University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Baker College Online

    Baker College Online responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Baker College Online:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Herzing University

    Herzing University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Herzing University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Saint Joseph's University

    Saint Joseph's University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Saint Joseph's University:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Colorado State University Global

    Colorado State University Global responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Colorado State University Global:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • Keiser University

    Keiser University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Keiser University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. Next »