General Internal Medicine Physicians

risk level
Based on 300 votes
by year 2032
or $107.35 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

0.0% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Originality

User poll

34% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.0% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that General Internal Medicine Physicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'General Internal Medicine Physicians' job openings is expected to rise 2.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'General Internal Medicine Physicians' was $223,310, or $107 per hour

'General Internal Medicine Physicians' were paid 364.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 67,210 people employed as 'General Internal Medicine Physicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'General Internal Medicine Physicians'.

Job description

Diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults and adolescents, and are based primarily in an outpatient care setting.

SOC Code: 29-1216.00


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Wael says
it's human life on the edge not a reversible programing errors so we need a DOCTOR decisions in these cases
Aug 05, 2023 at 03:30 AM
Luxy John says
AI replacing doctor: Risk Low
AI replacing a huge number of doctors: High
AI automating jobs of many doctors : HIGH

So what do doctors do that AI can do ?
1. type up clinic letters by dictation or typing themselves: EASILY AUTOMATED
2. prescribing standard medications for a disease ONCE DIAGNOSED: easy to automate
3. referring to other specialities / involving other specialties if test results abnormal: EASILY AUTOMATED
4. have frequent tea coffee breaks and date lovely nurses: difficult to automate.......
5. DIAGNOSE ILLNESS......if a monkey can put all the data into the computer by talking to a patient, then the AI will outperform the doctor and suggest the TOP THREE BEST POSSIBILE/ LIKELY diagnosis... IT CAN PRINT OUT blood requests and scans for all those diseases instantly and forward it to all departments. ... and once the data comes back the final diagnosis can be confirmed....

BUT TAKING ONE LOOK AT A PATIENT AND SAYING YOU ARE OK, you can go home, no medications needed....NO WAY YOU CAN AUTOMATE THAT.....everyone and everything that walks will be taken blood out of and scanned to death ... life will become slowed down by all the testing.. but hey, the tests will be faster right? we will have more CT scans and MRIs or even better scanners for everyone at their own home right? well if so, yes, doctors will have to be renamed to HEALTH AI MANAGERS
Jul 14, 2023 at 08:58 AM
wolf says
The social aspects of this job make it safe
Jan 24, 2023 at 09:18 PM
Barez (Highly likely) says
Because robots can't distinguish lies from people who pretend to have a disease, it becomes crucial. The type of lie that the patient themselves believe to be true is the most important thing for human intelligence to recognize.
Jun 14, 2022 at 09:28 AM
A coder from Google (Highly likely) says
I don't know who's answering these polls...

We literally have so many AI databases that can help identify illnesses from symptoms and biostatistics. It's a project that's being worked on by many tech companies. Even doctors are already using this.

There exist remote surgeon robots that allow surgeons to perform surgery without being physically present. The only reason there's a human there is because we are too afraid of AI decision-making for liability issues.

There's no technical barrier to a fully automated single-purpose AI replacing specialist doctors slowly.
Apr 14, 2022 at 11:00 PM
T (No chance) says
Robots cant think like humans
Mar 28, 2022 at 01:38 PM

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