Allergist / Immunologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Allergist / Immunologist

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Job Description

 

An allergist / immunologist is a physician who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of immunologic and allergic conditions.

These can vary greatly, including allergies to medications, foods, environmental factors, pollen, bronchitis, sinus infections, asthma, and others.

Allergists/immunologists are also trained to manage and prevent immunological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and immunodeficiency diseases.

Most of the work done by allergists and immunologists is done in an medical office setting, with only a small amount of cases requiring them to be present in the hospital.

These cases typically include patients who have gone into anaphylactic or allergic shock. They are also often asked by other medical professionals working in hospitals for consultations on special circumstances.

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Responsibilities

 

Common responsibilities of allergists and immunologists include:

  • Diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of the immune system.

  • Performing laboratory procedures and examining tissue samples to determine the sources of allergies.

  • Conducting blood and patch tests in an effort to identify the presence of harmful allergens.

  • Using biological and chemical analyses to identify harmful conditions or organisms.

  • Coordinating with other medical professionals, including biomedical scientists, pediatricians, and immunology nurse specialists, to determine the proper course of treatment.

  • Gathering and maintaining the medical histories of patients to ensure proper care in the future.

  • Producing and maintaining comprehensive data reports regarding specific patients and the progression or regression of their symptoms.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Most oncologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practices and work long hours. They're typically on call 24/7, which can be physically and emotionally draining.

Those employed by health networks and large clinics typically enjoy more stable hours than those working in private practices.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
02.13.2017
The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks an allergist/immunologist at the rank of Associate (non-tenure), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual selected will join the Division...
05.19.2016
The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full time clinician in Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor on the clinical track. The candidate...
05.19.2016
The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full time specialist trained in Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. The candidate will focus...
01.12.2017
The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full-time clinician in Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track) Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor on either the tenure or...
  1. ALLERGIST/IMMUNOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks an allergist/immunologist at the rank of Associate (non-tenure), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual selected will join the Division...
  2. ALLERGIST/IMMUNOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full time clinician in Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor on the clinical track. The candidate...
  3. PHYSICIAN SCIENTIST ALLERGIST/IMMUNOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full time specialist trained in Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. The candidate will focus...
  4. DUAL CERTIFIED RHEUMATOLOGIST AND ALLERGIST/IMMUNO Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Immunology is seeking a full-time clinician in Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology at the rank of Associate (non-track) Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor on either the tenure or...