Allergists and Immunologists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Post-doctoral training (78%); Doctoral degree (13%); Master's degree (9%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Physician; Allergist; Allergist/Immunologist; Allergist/MD; Allergist/Pediatric Pulmonologist; Allergy Physician; Allergy and Immunology Specialist; MD Pediatric Allergist; Allergist/Immunologist, Physician; Physician, Owner of Independent Medical Practice

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  • Order or perform diagnostic tests such as skin pricks and intradermal, patch, or delayed hypersensitivity tests.
  • Educate patients about diagnoses, prognoses, or treatments.
  • Develop individualized treatment plans for patients, considering patient preferences, clinical data, or the risks and benefits of therapies.
  • Prescribe medication such as antihistamines, antibiotics, and nasal, oral, topical, or inhaled glucocorticosteroids.
  • Document patients' medical histories.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of therapies for allergic and immunologic disorders.
  • Conduct physical examinations of patients.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results to make appropriate differential diagnoses.
  • Provide therapies, such as allergen immunotherapy and immunoglobin therapy, to treat immune conditions.
  • Coordinate the care of patients with other health care professionals or support staff.
  • Engage in self-directed learning and continuing education activities.
  • Perform allergen provocation tests such as nasal, conjunctival, bronchial, oral, food, and medication challenges.
  • Provide allergy or immunology consultation or education to physicians or other health care providers.
  • Conduct laboratory or clinical research on allergy or immunology topics.

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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