Dermatologists study, diagnose, and treat diseases and ailments of the skin, hair, mucous membranes, nails, and related tissues or structures. They may also perform cosmetic services, such as scar removal or hair transplants. There are approximately 611,650 physicians and surgeons of all types working in the United States. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 1.5 percent specialize in dermatology.

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Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study, diagnose, and treat diseases and other conditions of the skin, hair, mucous membranes, and nails; examine and treat patients; prescribe medications; perform major and minor surgery; consult with patients
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; New York; Beverly Hills, California; and Orlando, Florida
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Minimum 12 years, including post-graduate education, internship, and residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Dermatology Department Chair
  • Dermatologist
  • Dermatologist Resident
  • Dermatologist Intern

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