Family Medicine jobs in Bakersfield typically list as a required qualification Family Medicine board certification (or eligibility) and an active California license to practice medicine. Doing a Family Medicine residency or fellowship in California is often helpful because it suggests the physician is familiar with CA BCBS and Medicaid procedures.
Family Medicine salaries for the west region of the U.S., including Bakersfield, CA, average around $208,996. By comparison the country's average Family Medicine salary is $197,655, meaning Family Medicine jobs in Bakersfield pay around 105.7% of the national norm.
Because of unique insurance and tort policies of California, effort should be made to explore topics like state tort reform proposals.
More generally, the effect of the federal PPAC Act on patient loads for Family Medicine practices is unclear.