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|Overview:||Dermatologists diagnose and treat diseases of the human skin. They take specimens of the patient's skin to analyze by microscope or other instruments to check for cancer, infection, or fungi. They administer therapy, prescribe medication, treat burns and remove skin growths.|
|Duties:||They diagnose patient's skin diseases, infections and problems. This often requires taking specimens of the patient's skin for laboratory analysis.
Treat skin cancers and pre-cancerous moles and growths by removal and freezing. Treat burns and may perform skin grafts. They use chemical treatments to smooth skin texture.
Diagnose and treat facial skin blemishes. Advise patients about skin care and dangers of excessive sun exposure. They prescribe sun screen creams for special skin problems.
Prescribe medication and skin cosmetic agents for treatment of loss of pigmentation which reduces the skin's natural protection against the sun.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of dermatologists is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 due to continued expansion of the healthcare industry. Consumer demand high levels of care using the latest technologies, diagnostics, and treatment, especially the increasing aging population.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$110,000 to $125,000|
|Education Level:||This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All states require dermatologists to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in dermatology. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.