Allergist Job Description
When people are suffering from allergies, they often visit an allergist for diagnosis and treatment. Allergists are able to provide treatment for many different allergic diseases, including asthma, food allergies, medication allergies, and hives.
Some allergic reactions (such as hay fever or pollen allergies) can normally be treated with a prescription, while more complex or rare allergies may require extended tests and treatment.
Work Environment and Schedule
Some allergists are self-employed run their own practice. Others choose to partner with other doctors, who may practice other medical disciplines.
They spend most of their time working in an office, and normally enjoy regular hours when compared with other physicians. Offices are normally open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. However, working late nights may still be required to perform general business functions such as payroll and marketing.
How to Become an Allergist
To become an allergist, you will need to earn an undergraduate degree, complete medical school, and participate in a three year residency program. During the residency, allergists study either pediatrics or internal medicine, depending on the type of care they would like to provide during their career.
Following the residency, it’s necessary to become a certified allergist by passing an exam administered by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology in order to practice.
Some states may have additional licensing requirements. Check with your state’s health board to find out the exact requirements for where you live.
There are currently 691,000 allergists in the United States, with 30,510 new allergist job openings created each year.
Allergist jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Allergist salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most allergists make between $112,000 – $166,400+ per year, or $53.86 – $80+ per hour.