Dermatologists see a variety of patients, from young children to the elderly. They conduct skin evaluations in order to determine how best to treat and prevent conditions such as dandruff, acne and skin cancer.
• Above average job outlook (expected 18% job growth for physicians and surgeons from 2012-2022)
• High salary ($313,000 median annual salary)
• Satisfaction of improving patients' health and/or appearance
• General and sub-specialty certification available
• High cost of medical school (at state medical schools, approximately $25,000 a year in tuition and fees for residents and $48,000 for non-residents as of 2010-2011)
• Requires at least 8 years of post-secondary education
• May work long, irregular hours
• Demand for services may be tied to healthcare reimbursement policies
Salary.com reported that the median annual salary for all dermatologists was $313,000 as of August 2015. However, figures from PayScale.com showed that pay typically was dependent on years of experience in the field. For example, a dermatologist with 0-5 years of experience earned $194,000 as of December 2014 while, based on the same PayScale.com figures, a dermatologist with 20+ years of experience earned $268,000 or more.
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