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What Does it Take to Be an Allergist or Immunologist?

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

A Day in the Life of an Allergist or Immunologist

  • Conduct laboratory or clinical research on allergy or immunology topics.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of therapies for allergic and immunologic disorders.
  • Conduct physical examinations of patients.
  • Order or perform diagnostic tests such as skin pricks and intradermal, patch, or delayed hypersensitivity tests.
  • 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.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as an Allergist or Immunologist?

These are the skills Allergists and Immunologists say are the most useful in their careers:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Other Allergist or Immunologist Job Titles

  • Physician, Allergist-Immunologist
  • Physician, Owner of Independent Medical Practice
  • Allergy and Immunology Specialist
  • MD Allergy, Immunology
  • Pediatric Allergist

What Kind of Allergist or Immunologist Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 372,400 jobs in the United States for Allergist or Immunologist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 42,300 new jobs for Allergist or Immunologist by 2026. There will be an estimated 14,300 positions for Allergist or Immunologist per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Allergist or Immunologist are Arizona, Alaska, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for an Allergist or Immunologist

Allergists and Immunologists make between $60,280 and $208,000 a year.

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Allergists and Immunologists who work in Alaska, Arizona, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

How much do Allergists and Immunologists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $183,510
Alaska $244,220
Arizona $229,090
Arkansas $165,290
California $208,740
Colorado $219,310
Connecticut $221,870
Delaware $216,600
District of Columbia $182,910
Florida $205,020
Georgia $235,060
Hawaii $228,470
Idaho $241,670
Illinois $183,780
Indiana $237,470
Iowa $219,300
Kansas $191,430
Kentucky $223,770
Louisiana $183,920
Maine $257,550
Maryland $196,210
Massachusetts $207,990
Michigan $181,760
Minnesota $245,040
Mississippi $174,340
Missouri $203,440
Montana $247,260
Nebraska $161,880
Nevada $227,500
New Hampshire $275,840
New Jersey $208,820
New Mexico $229,100
New York $171,060
North Carolina $198,040
North Dakota $266,510
Ohio $212,160
Oklahoma $155,130
Oregon $202,750
Pennsylvania $195,810
Rhode Island $209,580
South Carolina $185,210
South Dakota $227,710
Tennessee $231,960
Texas $199,370
Utah $218,210
Vermont $176,520
Virginia $199,080
Washington $239,080
West Virginia $222,270
Wisconsin $239,610
Wyoming $234,610

Tools & Technologies Used by Allergists and Immunologists

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Allergists and Immunologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • Epic Practice Management
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • CareCloud Central
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • HealthFusion MediTouch
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus

Becoming an Allergist or Immunologist

Individuals working as an Allergist or Immunologist have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become an Allergist or Immunologist?

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Where Allergists and Immunologists Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Allergists and Immunologists employed by various industries.

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