Endocrinologists are physicians that specialize in problems with the functioning of the endocrine glands which include the pituitary thyroid adrenal ovaries testes and pancreas. Each gland secretes a hormone that is vital to metabolism respiration growth development and reproduction. Endocrinologists test for and diagnose diseases such as diabetes which are related to the malfunctioning of the endocrine glands and can be fatal if not treated. Many such diseases are chronic so there is a need for constant medical surveillance and generally for life-long care. Endocrinologists work long hours and must be good a communicating with patients as to the nature of their difficulties and the kinds of lifestyle changes that might be necessary. In addition to clinical work some endocrinologists teach and conduct research often in medical school settings. According to the website www.buzzle.com endocrinologists require many years of education beyond high school. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree aspiring endocrinologists must attend four years of medical school. Once the M.D. degree is completed they do a four-year residency internal medicine. Finally they complete a second residency sometimes called a fellowship for two to three years in which they specialize in endocrinology. Many endocrinologists specialize in a subfield such as pediatric endocrinology or reproductive endocrinology. At the end of their training they must become board certified. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that prospects for this career are very good especially given the increasing rate of obesity and diabetes in the population. Endocrinologists’ earnings are based on experience and location but the median annual salary is approximately $185000.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $180000
High Salary: $210000
Low Salary: $150000
Tasks: Studies the endocrine glands.
Treats patients who have problems with their endocrine system.
Monitors patient's diets.
Prescribes medications to control disorders.
Also Called: Physician
Endocrine System Disorder Doctor
Reproductive Endocrinologist
Internal Medicine Doctor
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