Urologists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Doctoral degree (37%); Professional degree (32%); Post-doctoral training (31%)

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

Related Job Titles: Physician; Attending Physician; Acute Care Physician; Attending Urologist; Chief of Pediatric Urology; MD Urologist; Medical Doctor; Urologic Surgeon; Urologist; Urologist MD

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Urologists.

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  • Document or review patients' histories.
  • Order and interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening, to detect prostate cancer.
  • Perform abdominal, pelvic, or retroperitoneal surgeries.
  • Examine patients using equipment, such as radiograph (x-ray) machines and fluoroscopes, to determine the nature and extent of disorder or injury.
  • Treat lower urinary tract dysfunctions using equipment such as diathermy machines, catheters, cystoscopes, and radium emanation tubes.
  • Prescribe or administer antibiotics, antiseptics, or compresses to treat infection or injury.
  • Treat urologic disorders using alternatives to traditional surgery such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, laparoscopy, and laser techniques.
  • Provide urology consultation to physicians or other health care professionals.
  • Direct the work of nurses, residents, or other staff to provide patient care.
  • Refer patients to specialists when condition exceeds experience, expertise, or scope of practice.
  • Perform brachytherapy, cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), or photodynamic therapy to treat prostate or other cancers.
  • Teach or train medical and clinical staff.
  • Prescribe medications to treat patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), infertility, or ejaculation problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Urologists.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Urologists.

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