Dermatologists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

16500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

Common job titles of Dermatologists include:
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Experience and Education

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.

  • 50.34% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 33.05% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

Tasks

    Conduct complete skin examinations.

    Diagnose and treat pigmented lesions such as common acquired nevi, congenital nevi, dysplastic nevi, Spitz nevi, blue nevi, or melanoma.

    Prescribe hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics.

    Record patients' health histories.

    Conduct or order diagnostic tests such as chest radiographs (x-rays), microbiologic tests, or endocrinologic tests.

    Provide therapies such as intralesional steroids, chemical peels, or comodo removal to treat age spots, sun damage, rough skin, discolored skin, or oily skin.

    Instruct interns or residents in diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases.

    Provide dermabrasion or laser abrasion to treat atrophic scars, elevated scars, or other skin conditions.

    Recommend diagnostic tests based on patients' histories and physical examination findings.

    Counsel patients on topics such as the need for annual dermatologic screenings, sun protection, skin cancer awareness, or skin and lymph node self-examinations.

    Diagnose and treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, moles, psoriasis, or skin cancer.

    Perform incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.

    Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in dermatology.

    Provide dermatologic consultation to other health professionals.

    Perform skin surgery to improve appearance, make early diagnoses, or control diseases such as skin cancer.

    Conduct clinical or basic research.

    Evaluate patients to determine eligibility for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, laser resurfacing, or microdermabrasion.

    Refer patients to other specialists, as needed.

    Provide liposuction treatment to patients.

Tools

Wood’s lamps

Vein locaters

Tissue forceps

Tablet computers

Suture scissors

Surgical scalpels

Surgical retractors

All Tools

Surgical needle holders

Surgical elevators

Sponge forceps

Splinter forceps

Sphygmomanometers

Skin hooks

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Serrated hemostats

Pulse oximeters

Protective face shields

Phototherapy units

Otoscopes

Nebulizers

Microdermabrasion tools

Medical scissors

Medical nail nippers

Medical masks

Medical magnifiers

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

Laptop computers

Injection syringes

Hair transplant punches

Fixation forceps

Electrode pencils

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Electrical suction pumps

Dressing forceps

Digital still cameras

Digital medical thermometers

Desktop computers

Dermatoscopes

Dermatological lasers

Dermal curettes

Cryosurgical units

Cryoguns

Cryo tweezers

Cilia forceps

Chalazion clamps

Cauterizers

Biopsy punches

Biopsy containers

Automated external defibrillators AED

Aspiration guns

Technologies

Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

All Technologies

doc2MD

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Encite Dermatology Electronic Health Records EHR Software

Epic Practice Management

GalacTek ECLIPSE

GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

McKesson Practice Plus

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

NexTech EMR & PM

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management

Nuesoft Technologies NueMD

simplifyMD

Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

WRSHealth EMR

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.

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.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

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Occupation Sections

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.

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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