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.

Quick Facts
Duties Studying, diagnosing, and treating diseases and other conditions of the skin, hair, mucous membranes, and nails; examining and treating patients; prescribing medications; performing major and minor surgery; consulting with patients
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with concentrations in Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; New York; Beverly Hills, California; and Orlando, Florida
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Minimum 12 years, including post-graduate education, internship, and residency
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Dermatology Department Chair
  • Dermatologist
  • Dermatologist Resident
  • Dermatologist Intern

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