Oncologist Meets with Clients

Oncologists are physicians who study, diagnose, and treat the tumors caused by cancer. When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, an oncologist takes charge of the patient's overall care and treatment through all phases of the disease. There are three primary areas within clinical oncology: medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Oncologists, Gynecological Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Pediatric Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Surgical Oncologists
Duties Develop and coordinate the treatment of cancer patients; conduct research
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
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
  • Head of Oncology Department
  • Oncologist
  • Medical Resident/Oncology Intern

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