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Dermatologists - 29-1069.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Dermatologist
  • Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist
  • Dermatologist, Clinical Investigator, Dermatopathologist
  • Dermatologist, Managing Partner
  • MD Physician-Dermatologist
  • Medical Doctor MD
  • MOHS Surgeon/General Dermatologist
  • Physician
  • Practicing Dermatologist
  • Senior Physician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

No information available.

Tasks

  • Conduct clinical or basic research.
  • Conduct complete skin examinations.
  • Conduct or order diagnostic tests such as chest radiographs (x-rays), microbiologic tests, or endocrinologic tests.
  • Counsel patients on topics such as the need for annual dermatologic screenings, sun protection, skin cancer awareness, or skin and lymph node self-examinations.
  • Diagnose and treat pigmented lesions such as common acquired nevi, congenital nevi, dysplastic nevi, Spitz nevi, blue nevi, or melanoma.
  • Diagnose and treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, moles, psoriasis, or skin cancer.
  • Evaluate patients to determine eligibility for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, laser resurfacing, or microdermabrasion.
  • Instruct interns or residents in diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases.
  • Perform incisional biopsies to diagnose melanoma.
  • Perform skin surgery to improve appearance, make early diagnoses, or control diseases such as skin cancer.
  • Prescribe hormonal agents or topical treatments such as contraceptives, spironolactone, antiandrogens, oral corticosteroids, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics.
  • Provide dermabrasion or laser abrasion to treat atrophic scars, elevated scars, or other skin conditions.
  • Provide dermatologic consultation to other health professionals.
  • Provide liposuction treatment to patients.
  • Provide therapies such as intralesional steroids, chemical peels, or comodo removal to treat age spots, sun damage, rough skin, discolored skin, or oily skin.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in dermatology.
  • Recommend diagnostic tests based on patients' histories and physical examination findings.
  • Record patients' health histories.
  • Refer patients to other specialists, as needed.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Advise patients on preventive care techniques.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Allergist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Allergist, Clinical Immunologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist, Dermatopathology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist, Pediatric Dermatology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dermatologist