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
07.13.2018
Surgical Oncologist Maine Medical Partners Surgical Care is seeking a surgical oncologist to join their well-established team in Portland, Maine. The ideal candidate would have an interest in cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal...
07.13.2018
Surgical Oncologist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-SURGICAL AFFILIATES The Mercy Cancer Center seeks a...
03.30.2018
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...
03.30.2018
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...
06.01.2018
The Division of Community Oncology at Mayo Clinic is seeking a Medical Oncologist/Hematologist to join our practice. The selected physician will practice primarily in Red Wing, MN, but will provide coverage to other Mayo Clinic Health System...
07.13.2018
MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, DIVISION OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY (Lung/Head and Neck Cancer; Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Hematological Malignancies; and Cancer Genetics/Molecular Oncology) Maine Medical Center is seeking 5-6 medical oncologists in...
03.30.2018
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...
06.25.2018
The University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation are seeking a BC/BE medical oncologist with a focus on gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. This position...
07.13.2018
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...
07.13.2018
. We are seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible Medical Oncologist to join our cancer program as we transform cancer care in Southwest Florida. You will be joining a team of sub-specialty surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists...
03.30.2018
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...
07.13.2018
The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
07.13.2018
The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
05.25.2018
Interprets physician orders, prescriptions and instructions for the precise delivery of radiation therapy. Verifies accuracy of written documentation of prescription/orders with Radiation Oncologist(s). Communicates/notes clarifications to/for...
06.01.2018
GED or High School Diploma required Under the immediate direction of the Department Director and the Radiation Oncologist, the Radiation Therapist assumes the responsibility of the technical aspect of patient management. Applies professional...
  1. Surgical Oncologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Surgical Oncologist Maine Medical Partners Surgical Care is seeking a surgical oncologist to join their well-established team in Portland, Maine. The ideal candidate would have an interest in cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal...
  2. Surgical Oncologist Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Surgical Oncologist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-SURGICAL AFFILIATES The Mercy Cancer Center seeks a...
  3. Thoracic Medical Oncologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    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...
  4. Head and Neck Oncologist Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic's Campus in Florida
    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...
  5. Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Division of Community Oncology at Mayo Clinic is seeking a Medical Oncologist/Hematologist to join our practice. The selected physician will practice primarily in Red Wing, MN, but will provide coverage to other Mayo Clinic Health System...
  6. Medical Oncologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, DIVISION OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY (Lung/Head and Neck Cancer; Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Hematological Malignancies; and Cancer Genetics/Molecular Oncology) Maine Medical Center is seeking 5-6 medical oncologists in...
  7. Gastrointestinal Medical Oncologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    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...
  8. MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST - GASTROINTESTINAL MALIGNANCIES Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation are seeking a BC/BE medical oncologist with a focus on gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. This position...
  9. Director (Medical Oncologist), Cancer Risk & Prevention Clinic Portland, ME MaineHealth
    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...
  10. LPG---Medical Oncologist---Regional Cancer Center Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    . We are seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible Medical Oncologist to join our cancer program as we transform cancer care in Southwest Florida. You will be joining a team of sub-specialty surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists...
  11. Hematologist/Oncologist Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic's Campus in Florida
    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...
  12. Medical Oncologist, Full Time, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
  13. Gynecological Oncologist, Full Time, INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
  14. Radiation Therapist Carroll, IA St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
    Interprets physician orders, prescriptions and instructions for the precise delivery of radiation therapy. Verifies accuracy of written documentation of prescription/orders with Radiation Oncologist(s). Communicates/notes clarifications to/for...
  15. Radiation Therapist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    GED or High School Diploma required Under the immediate direction of the Department Director and the Radiation Oncologist, the Radiation Therapist assumes the responsibility of the technical aspect of patient management. Applies professional...