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

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Oncologist Job Description

 

Oncologists are physicians who have specifically tailored their career to diagnose and treat patients suffering from varying types of cancer.

Typically, they're tasked with leading a team of medical professionals and coordinating the proper treatments to provide comprehensive care for individual patients.

Physicians may specialize in three different areas: medical oncology, surgical oncology, or radiation oncology.

Medical oncologists typically use imaging technologies, such as MRIs and CT scans, as well as biopsies, to properly diagnose patients and determine a course of treatment.

Surgical oncologists are tasked primarily with removing tumors and radiation oncologists treat the patient with radiation therapy.

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Responsibilities

 

Responsibilities may vary depending on specialty, but common duties include:

  • Collecting medical histories of patients.

  • Performing physical evaluations and administrative tasks, like maintaining medical records.

  • Coordinating with other medical professionals to offer the best care possible for the patient.

  • Performing diagnostic procedures using MRIs, x-rays, and biopsies to determine the existence and extent of cancerous tumors.

  • Creating a treatment plan, typically comprised of radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery to combat cancers.

  • Performing bone marrow transplants.

  • Providing supportive care to patients, including prescribing drugs to fight pain, inflammation, nausea, and fatigue.

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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 enjoy more stable hours than those working in private practices.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
12.15.2017
The Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida is seeking an Associate Professor/Professor level Medical Oncologist with expertise in gastrointestinal cancer. The ideal candidate...
02.23.2018
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02.23.2018
Located on the Southern Maine coast, Southern Maine Health Care is seeking a BC/BE Oncologist/Hematologist to join our collaborative program working in our Biddeford and Sanford clinics. Join a team in a clinic-based practice with two board...
01.22.2018
The Division of Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL is conducting a search for a Medical Oncologist with interest and expertise in head and neck cancers and endocrine malignancies. This position offers opportunities for clinical...
11.07.2017
The division of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is is conducting a search for a full-time thoracic medical oncologist with an interest in clinical and translational research, to join our medical oncology practice. Mayo Clinic...
12.05.2017
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is seeking a medical oncologist focused in Sarcoma to join our Rochester, Minnesota practice. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest and proven record in the treatment and research related to Sarcoma....
02.22.2018
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is seeking a medical oncologist focused in gastrointestinal cancers to join our practice in Rochester, Minnesota. The ideal candidate will have translational research experience and clinical expertise in...
02.23.2018
Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist Maine Medical Partners Otolaryngology is seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible Otolaryngologist with fellowship training or equivalent work experience in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology to join their...
02.23.2018
HEMATOLOGIST/ONCOLOGIST or MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST Duluth, MN Brainerd, MN Fargo, ND PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join the Essentia Health Cancer Center team, the largest cancer care program in Northern Minnesota, Northwestern Wisconsin and North Dakota....
02.23.2018
Director (Medical Oncologist), Cancer Risk & Prevention Clinic The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute (MMCCI) is seeking a full-time medical oncologist to serve as Director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic (CRPC), which provides...
05.12.2017
The Mayo Clinic Florida, Department of Neurology is searching for a neurologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the nervous system. Successful applicants should demonstrate excellence in clinical care, teaching and...
01.30.2018
Join our current consultants practicing in a community setting with academic affiliation. This is a joint venture with Mayo Clinic and Ascension/St. Vincent's Healthcare, with opportunity for growth. The primary responsibility is to provide care...
02.23.2018
02.23.2018
10.16.2017
The Mayo Clinic Rochester, Department of Neurology is searching for a neurologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the nervous system. Successful applicants should demonstrate excellence in clinical care, teaching and...
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  2. Surgical Oncologist Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
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