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29-1069.02 - Dermatologists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

Sample of reported job titles: Dermatologist; Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist; Dermatologist, Clinical Investigator, Dermatopathologist; Dermatologist, Managing Partner; MD Physician-Dermatologist; Medical Doctor MD; MOHS Surgeon/General Dermatologist; Physician; Practicing Dermatologist; Senior Physician

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Diagnose and treat pigmented lesions such as common acquired nevi, congenital nevi, dysplastic nevi, Spitz nevi, blue nevi, and melanoma.
  • Conduct complete skin examinations.
  • Counsel patients on topics such as the need for annual dermatologic screenings, sun protection, skin cancer awareness, or skin and lymph node self-examinations.
  • Record patients' health histories.
  • Diagnose and treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, moles, psoriasis, and skin cancer.
  • Perform incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.
  • Perform skin surgery to improve appearance, make early diagnoses, or control diseases such as skin cancer.
  • Prescribe hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and antibiotics.
  • Recommend diagnostic tests based on patients' histories and physical examination findings.
  • Provide dermatologic consultation to other health professionals.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in dermatology.
  • Refer patients to other specialists, as needed.
  • Conduct or order diagnostic tests such as chest radiographs (x-rays), microbiologic tests, and endocrinologic tests.
  • Provide therapies such as intralesional steroids, chemical peels, and comodo removal to treat age spots, sun damage, rough skin, discolored skin, or oily skin.
  • Evaluate patients to determine eligibility for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.
  • Instruct interns or residents in diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases.
  • Provide liposuction treatment to patients.
  • Provide dermabrasion or laser abrasion to treat atrophic scars, elevated scars, or other skin conditions.
  • Conduct clinical or basic research.

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Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software — Email software
  • Medical software — Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR; Encite Dermatology Electronic Health Records EHR Software; GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution; Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE (see all 25 examples)
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Tools Used

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Biopsy aspirator products or accessories — Aspiration guns
  • Cryosurgery equipment or accessories — Cryo tweezers; Cryoguns; Cryosurgical units
  • Dermatoscopes
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras — Digital still cameras
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery accessories or attachments — Cauterizers; Electrode pencils
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Dressing forceps; Serrated hemostats; Splinter forceps
  • Floor grade nail nippers — Medical nail nippers
  • Floor grade scissors — Suture scissors
  • Histology or pathology specimen container — Biopsy containers
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical exam transilluminators — Vein locaters
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Medical masks; Protective face shields
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Electrical suction pumps
  • Medical syringe without needle — Injection syringes
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Sphygmomanometers
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Nebulizers
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Otoscopes; simplifyMD Dermatology
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Chalazion clamps; Fixation forceps; Sponge forceps; Tissue forceps (see all 5 examples)
  • Surgical curettes or loops — Dermal curettes
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories — Microdermabrasion tools
  • Surgical elevators or levers — Surgical elevators
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Dermatological lasers
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories — Medical magnifiers
  • Surgical needle holders for general use — Surgical needle holders
  • Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories — Biopsy punches; Hair transplant punches
  • Surgical retraction hooks — Skin hooks
  • Surgical retractors for general use — Surgical retractors
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels
  • Surgical scissors — Medical scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Wood's lamps
  • Visible light radiator — Phototherapy units

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

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Work Activities

  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Advise patients on preventive care techniques.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 98% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity — 92% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 93% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Telephone — 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 87% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 85% responded “Very important results.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 85% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 76% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 74% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 72% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others
  • Consequence of Error — 70% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos — 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 46% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing — 54% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Level of Competition — 41% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Electronic Mail — 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 42% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 48% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 44% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 26% responded “Never.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, surgeons, and veterinarians.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Doctoral degree
33   Post-doctoral training
13   Master's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ISR

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.
Employment data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.
Industry data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.

Median wages (2016) $99.48 hourly, $206,920 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 347,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Much faster than average (14% or higher) Much faster than average (14% or higher)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 145,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Physicians and surgeons external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

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