Dermatologist Job Description
Dermatologists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating skin diseases and conditions. Examples of common conditions that they treat include acne, dandruff, and skin cancer. Some dermatologists also perform procedures to improve the appearance of the skin, such as decreasing signs of aging or improving skin tone. These procedures include botox and collagen injections.
Dermatologists may also perform minor outpatient surgeries, such as removing legions, warts, moles, or cancerous cells from the skin. Normally, a sample of the removed cells are sent off for biopsy.
A huge part of a dermatologist’s job is educating their patients on the treatment and prevention of skin conditions. For instance, using the correct sunscreen, facial cleansers, and shampoos can help treat and prevent many of the diseases that dermatologists encounter.
Work Environment and Schedule
Many dermatologists run their own practices, while others partner with colleagues in their field. The surgical work performed by dermatologists is completed on an outpatient basis, so on call and emergency work is kept to a minimum.
Most dermatologists are able to keep fairly regular office hours, as their offices tend to be open only during normal business hours from Monday through Friday.
It’s important to remember that even though dermatologists may work a regular schedule, many of them run their own businesses. They have to perform a variety of administrative tasks required to keep their business running after or before regular working hours.
How to Become a Dermatologist
Like other doctors, dermatologists spend a lot of time on their training and education. If you want to be a dermatologist, you can expect to spend four years getting your bachelor’s, four years getting your medical degree, and three years in residency training.
Additionally, dermatologists must successfully complete the USMLE exam. Finally, they must pass the American Board of Dermatology’s Board Certification Test, and meet the licensing requirements for the state they wish to work in.
It’s not a short or easy road, but the career can be very rewarding.
There are currently 691,000 dermatologists in the United States, with 30,510 new dermatologist job openings created each year.
Dermatologist jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Dermatologist salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most dermatologists make between $112,000 – $166,400+ per year, or $53.86 – $80+ per hour.