Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of the digestive system and associated organs, such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. The American Gastroenterological Association has more than 16,000 members. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Treat patients with diseases and disorders of the digestive system and associated organs, like the liver and gallbladder
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship required
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice, or College Professor, or Health Care Manager
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Medical Resident

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