Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Doctoral degree (50%); Post-doctoral training (33%); Master's degree (13%)

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

Related Job Titles: Physician; Dermatologist; Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist; MD Physician-Dermatologist; MOHS Surgeon/General Dermatologist; Medical Doctor MD; Practicing Dermatologist; Senior Physician; Dermatologist, Clinical Investigator, Dermatopathologist; Dermatologist, Managing Partner

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dermatologists.

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  • Conduct complete skin examinations.
  • Counsel patients on topics such as the need for annual dermatologic screenings, sun protection, skin cancer awareness, or skin and lymph node self-examinations.
  • Record patients' health histories.
  • Diagnose and treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, moles, psoriasis, and skin cancer.
  • Perform incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.
  • Perform skin surgery to improve appearance, make early diagnoses, or control diseases such as skin cancer.
  • Prescribe hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and antibiotics.
  • Recommend diagnostic tests based on patients' histories and physical examination findings.
  • Provide dermatologic consultation to other health professionals.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in dermatology.
  • Refer patients to other specialists, as needed.
  • Conduct or order diagnostic tests such as chest radiographs (x-rays), microbiologic tests, and endocrinologic tests.
  • Provide therapies such as intralesional steroids, chemical peels, and comodo removal to treat age spots, sun damage, rough skin, discolored skin, or oily skin.
  • Evaluate patients to determine eligibility for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dermatologists.

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dermatologists.

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