Hematologists study and/or treat diseases of the blood and the blood-forming tissues. Some hematologists are physicians (medical doctors, or M.D.'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./Ph.D. program.

Quick Facts
Duties Duties vary by specialty; include conducting blood-related research; treating patients; supervising research lab and researchers; writing grants; lecturing and teaching
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 exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Three to eight years in a residency program
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Director, Hematology Department
  • Hematologist
  • Hematology Resident

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