Life As a Dermatologist
Job Description: Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.
What Do Dermatologists Do On a Daily Basis?
- Prescribe hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics.
- Recommend diagnostic tests based on patients’ histories and physical examination findings.
- Record patients’ health histories.
- Diagnose and treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete’s foot, moles, psoriasis, or skin cancer.
- Perform incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.
- Evaluate patients to determine eligibility for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, laser resurfacing, or microdermabrasion.
Qualities of a Dermatologist
These are the skills Dermatologists say are the most useful in their careers:
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.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Types of Dermatologist Jobs
- MD Physician-Dermatologist
- Medical Dermatologist
- Dermatologist, Managing Partner
- Dermatological Surgeon
Job Opportunities for Dermatologists
In the United States, there were 372,400 jobs for Dermatologist in 2016. 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 Dermatologist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 14,300 job openings in this field each year.
The states with the most job growth for Dermatologist 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 a Dermatologist
Dermatologists make between $60,280 and $208,000 a year.
Dermatologists who work in Alaska, Arizona, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.
How much do Dermatologists make in different U.S. states?
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$182,910|
What Tools do Dermatologists Use?
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Dermatologists:
- Microsoft Word
- Email software
- Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
- Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
- GalacTek ECLIPSE
- Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
- Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
- Epic Practice Management
- GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
- CareCloud Central
- Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
- HealthFusion MediTouch
- Allscripts PM
- Kareo Practice Management
- McKesson Practice Plus
- Modernizing Medicine Practice Management
- NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
- Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
- WRSHealth EMR
Becoming a Dermatologist
Individuals working as a Dermatologist have obtained the following education levels:
What work experience do I need to become a Dermatologist?
Who Employs Dermatologists?
Dermatologists work in the following industries:
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