Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists

An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, or otolaryngologist, provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders that involve or affect the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Fifty percent of all physician office visits are for ear, nose, and throat illnesses. Many ENT specialists operate in private practices, and some work in large academic/university settings where they help train medical students and residents. The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery represents approximately 12,000 ENT specialists.


Quick Facts
Duties Care for patients with diseases and disorders that involve or affect the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck
Alternate Title(s) Otolaryngologists
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice or Health Care Manager
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist
  • Medical Resident

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