Hematologist at Work

Hematologists study and/or treat diseases of the blood and the blood-forming tissues. Some hematologists are physicians (doctors of medicine, or M.D.'s, or doctors of osteopathy, D.O.'s) who specialize in blood diseases; other hematologists are medical scientists (doctors of philosophy, or Ph.D.'s) who do research on blood diseases but do not treat patients. A few students who plan to focus on medical research choose to do a joint M.D.-D.O./Ph.D. program.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Duties vary by specialty; include conducting blood-related research; treating patients; supervising research lab and researchers; writing grants; lecturing and teaching
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Three to eight years in a residency program
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director, Hematology Department
  • Hematologist
  • Hematology Resident

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