Medical Ethicists

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 23,430 philosophy and religious teachers, and 163,850 health specialties teachers employed in the United States.

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

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