Medical Ethicists

Doctors Discuss New Treatments with a Medical Ethicist

Medical ethicists are consultants, teachers, researchers, and policymakers in the field of medical ethics, the branch of philosophy that addresses the moral issues involved in medical practice and research. Medical ethicists often work as philosophy, religion, and health teachers. There are approximately 23,820 philosophy and religious teachers, and 178,900 health specialties teachers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Ethical Consultants
Duties Address the moral issues that are involved in medical practice, treatment, and research
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Religion
Experience Some clinical experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Research Project or Center for Ethical Study, or Professor, or Consultant
  • Experienced Medical Ethicist
  • Entry-Level Medical Ethicist