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Types of Doctors and Their Salaries

April 19th, 2009


Doctors and physicians are a very important part of the healthcare field.  The need for highly trained and skilled doctors continues to rise as the healthcare field continues to grown and expand.  While doctors and physicians spend years in school and then several more years on training and residency requirements, their hard work and effort, can be very rewarding in the end as most doctors and physicians have very lucrative careers. While many doctors choose to work as general practitioners who perform a variety of procedures, many doctors also choose to specialize in a specific area of medicine.

Pediatricians specialize in studies relating to health, injuries, and medical care in infants, children, and adolescents.  Pediatricians jobs include a wide variety of tasks including collecting and recording medical history, ordering test and giving diagnosis and treatment, and explaining procedures.  On average, pediatricians earn starting salaries of $142,585 annually.

Oncologists are doctors that specialize in treating patients who have cancer. Doctors that specialize in oncology are concerned with the diagnosis of cancer in patients including screening, therapy treatments, follow-up after treatments and palliative care of terminal patients. Oncologists earn an average salary of $266,021 annually.

Obstetricians and Gynecologists specialize in pregnancy and child birth as well as women’s healthcare issues.  In many areas the work of obstetricians and gynecologists overlap, which is why almost all gynecologists are also obstetricians.  On average the starting salaries for obstetricians and gynecologists are $160,000 annually, and rise quickly with experience.

Otolaryngologists, also known as ENT specialists, are doctors that specialize with diagnosis and treatments concerned with the ear, nose, and throat. In some cases, ENT specialists also work with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders or issues in the head and neck. ENT specialists earn median salaries of $311,000 annually.

Dermatologists diagnose and treat problems of the skin such as acne, skin cancer, psoriasis, and other skin disorders.  They may perform a variety of laboratory procedures, examine tissue samples, use chemicals to analyze harmful conditions, and prescribe and administer medication or treatment.   On average, dermatologists earn median salaries of $248,765 annually.