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. In 2010, there were about 12,850 gastroenterologists employed in the United States, according to the a 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges survey.

Quick Facts
Duties Treat patients with diseases and disorders of the digestive system and associated organs, like the liver and gallbladder
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship during medical training required
  • Business Management
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice, or College Professor, or Health Care Manager
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Medical Resident