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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Dermatologists include:

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.


    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.


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


Skin hooks

simplifyMD Dermatology

Serrated hemostats

Pulse oximeters

Protective face shields

Phototherapy units



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


Dermatological lasers

Dermal curettes

Cryosurgical units


Cryo tweezers

Cilia forceps

Chalazion clamps


Biopsy punches

Biopsy containers

Automated external defibrillators AED

Aspiration guns


Allscripts PM

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Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

All Technologies


eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Encite Dermatology Electronic Health Records EHR Software

Epic Practice Management


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


Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy



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.


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.


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/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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.


Teaching others how to do something.


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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