Dermatologists are physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin hair and nails. According to the website common problems that they diagnose and treat are acne athlete's foot hair loss rashes burns birthmarks and warts. They also diagnose and treat various forms of skin cancer. They use medicine to treat some problems but in some cases they perform laser and standard types of surgery.

Some dermatologists limit their practice to a specialty such as pediatric dermatology (treating skin problems in children) or they can focus on cosmetic treatments such as Botox treatments chemical peels or dermabrasion. Becoming a dermatologist is a lengthy and challenging process.  Would you like to learn more about health and nursing?

The website states that upon completion of a bachelor's degree aspiring dermatologists attend medical school. Then they must complete a four-year hospital residency three years of which must be in an accredited dermatology program. Finally they must take an exam administered by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) to become certified and every ten years they must take a re-certification exam. Job prospects for dermatologists are very good as the need for their services is growing.

The salaries dermatologists earn depend upon geographic location experience specialty and number of hours worked and can range from approximately $170000 to $248000 with a median salary of $197000. Self-employed dermatologists who are in private practice generally earn higher salaries than those who work in hospitals or clinics.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $209000
High Salary: $248000
Low Salary: $170000
Tasks: Diagnoses diseases related to the skin.
Performs surgery.
Administers cosmetic procedures related to skin.
Treats skin cancer.
Also Called: Physician
Skin Doctor
Skin Surgeon
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