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.

Quick Facts
Duties Develop and coordinate the treatment of cancer patients; conduct research
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Oncologists, Gynecological Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Pediatric Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Surgical Oncologists
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Head of Oncology Department
  • Oncologist
  • Medical Resident/Oncology Intern

Related Industries

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.