Dermatologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Dermatologist

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Job Description

 

A dermatologist is a doctor who can treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

They are the doctor you want to see if you have any skin problems since they specialize in treating the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. 

Dermatologists diagnose and treat over 3,000 different diseases. The diseases include skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, nail infections, eczema, and many more. 

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Responsibilities

 

Dermatologists diagnose and treat different diseases. They also help to improve the appearance of their patients' skin, hair, and nails.

Dermatologists help diminish signs of aging, decrease the appearance of scars, help treat acne, and diagnose and remove skin cancer.  

Some of their responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with patients and evaluating their skin problems to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

  • Must provide follow-up exams until the patients are cured. They must also determine how the treatment affected the patient and look for alternative options if they aren't responding to the treatment. 

  • Perform surgeries to help people obtain their desired appearance.

  • Some dermatologists also specialize in the removal of skin cancer and offer these skin cancer surgeries to help patients rid themselves of cancer. 

  • Many dermatologists also train other dermatologists and help them train other dermatologists. They play a part in continuing education for dermatologists to bring up others under the proper guidelines. 

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to patients to ensure proper care. 

Active Listening 

Must give 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. You must listen to your patient to determine what their issues are and try to solve them. 

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

Need 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. 

 Biology

Must have knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's wellbeing 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. 

 Analyze 

Must be able to look over a patient and determine possible diseases and aliments. 

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Working Conditions

 

Dermatologists can either work in private practice and/or attend clinics at major teaching hospitals and institutions. There are a small number of dermatologists who work in major hospitals.

They usually have pretty comfortable working conditions and spend less time on their feet as other medical professionals.

Another perk is that many dermatologists own their own practice, or work in a group practice. It is rare that they work crazy hours or that they are on-call.

The majority work a set schedule and have normal work hours; they usually work between 30-40 hours a week. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
07.21.2017
Title: Dermatologist. Schedule: Full-time. Location: Historic Arlington, Virginia, 15 minutes from downtown Washington DC. Compensation: Competitive base salary plus comprehensive bonus incentives. REQUIREMENTS Board eligibility or...
07.21.2017
Mercy Medical Center North Iowa (MMC-NI) is currently seeking a General & Cosmetic dermatologist to join Mercy Dermatology Clinic. This is a first rate group with an impeccable reputation, an enviable assortment of patients, and an...
08.01.2016
The University of Iowa Department of Dermatology is seeking applications for faculty at the Associate (non-track) or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels (clinical, non-tenure; or tenure track) in pediatric dermatology....
11.16.2015
The University of Iowa Department of Dermatology is seeking applications for faculty at the Associate (non-track) or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels (clinical, non-tenure; or tenure track) in medical dermatology...
07.21.2017
DERMATOLOGY Duluth, MN PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join our current team of three Dermatologists and two Nurse Practitioners. We are specifically seeking a General Dermatologists and/or a Pediatric Dermatologist. Weve been tasked to build the...
07.21.2017
The Division of Dermatology at the University of Kentucky is seeking a board eligible/board certified Dermatologist to meet the clinical and academic needs of a robust service. The candidate must be committed to clinical care, instruction, and...
07.21.2017
Title: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Schedule: PRN Location: Historic Arlington, Virginia, 15 minutes from downtown Washington DC. Compensation: Competitive hourly rate. Requirements: Board eligibility or certification...
  1. Dermatologist Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Title: Dermatologist. Schedule: Full-time. Location: Historic Arlington, Virginia, 15 minutes from downtown Washington DC. Compensation: Competitive base salary plus comprehensive bonus incentives. REQUIREMENTS Board eligibility or...
  2. Dermatologist Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
    Mercy Medical Center North Iowa (MMC-NI) is currently seeking a General & Cosmetic dermatologist to join Mercy Dermatology Clinic. This is a first rate group with an impeccable reputation, an enviable assortment of patients, and an...
  3. PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa Department of Dermatology is seeking applications for faculty at the Associate (non-track) or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels (clinical, non-tenure; or tenure track) in pediatric dermatology....
  4. FACULTY DERMATOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa Department of Dermatology is seeking applications for faculty at the Associate (non-track) or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels (clinical, non-tenure; or tenure track) in medical dermatology...
  5. PHYSICIAN - Dermatology - Duluth, MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    DERMATOLOGY Duluth, MN PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join our current team of three Dermatologists and two Nurse Practitioners. We are specifically seeking a General Dermatologists and/or a Pediatric Dermatologist. Weve been tasked to build the...
  6. Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Dermatology Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    The Division of Dermatology at the University of Kentucky is seeking a board eligible/board certified Dermatologist to meet the clinical and academic needs of a robust service. The candidate must be committed to clinical care, instruction, and...
  7. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Title: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Schedule: PRN Location: Historic Arlington, Virginia, 15 minutes from downtown Washington DC. Compensation: Competitive hourly rate. Requirements: Board eligibility or certification...