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


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Job Description


A diagnostician is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats medical conditions and solves complex medical mysteries.

All doctors are technically diagnosticians because they diagnose ailments, but usually a hospital has its own diagnostics area.

Solving medical issues means that doctors must examine patients, run test, and review results to cross out all possibilities.

While hospitals have defined diagnosticians, there is actually no clearly defined path for how to become a diagnostician and diagnostic medicine is not a board-recognized medical specialty.

You just need to become a highly educated M.D. that can perform on a high level and solve complex issues. 




Diagnosticians have a list of duties. They are highly trained medical doctors and must function at a high level.

Not only must they meet all the administrative duties a doctor must, they also have to stay current on medicine and new diseases as they troubleshoot and solve sometimes complex issues.

Their duties involve, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Examine patients

  • Run tests

  • Review patient histories

  • Interview patient if possible

  • Find clues and fill gaps to solve problems

  • Review test results

  • Diagnose

  • Treat ailments and prescribe medication

  • Follow up





Must be able to clearly explain test results and treatment path to patients. Must correspond with other members of the medical team to ensure the best care for the patient. 


Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to treatment and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 

Critical Thinking

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

Detail Oriented 

Must be able to pinpoint small details that could make or break patient diagnosis and evaluation. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. This is one of the most important functions of their job because they are the doctors that diagnose and solve hard to solve issues.


Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with serious medical needs. 


Must know all about the human body and interactions it has with it's environment. Must know chemicals and reactions. Must have a high-level knowledge of all the sciences. 


Must be able to hypothesize and test theories to ensure that the proper diagnosis is found and the best treatment path is taken. 


Must be able to put in long hours and have patience when it comes to trying to solve complex medical issues. 


Working Conditions


Diagnosticians work in variety of health care settings. They mainly work in hospitals where they can oversee many patients and help solve medical mysteries.

They can work in a private practice, either alone or as part of a larger medical practice group, small clinics, and other medical facilities since they are medical doctors.

Others work in research at universities and put in long hours to further medical discovery. 

Usually they can work long hours and be on-call. They have a stressful job and hold a ton of responsibilities.

They can work anywhere from 40 to 80+ hours a week depending on certain variables. It's not a job for those who can't handle pressure or hate working nights.

They can work nights, weekends, holidays-- basically any day they are needed. 


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