SOC: 29-1069.02


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

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

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aspiration guns
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Biopsy containers
  • Biopsy punches
  • Cauterizers
  • Chalazion clamps
  • Cilia forceps
  • Cryo tweezers
  • Cryoguns
  • Cryosurgical units
  • Dermal curettes
  • Dermatological lasers
  • Dermatoscopes
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Dressing forceps
  • Electrical suction pumps
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electrode pencils
  • Fixation forceps
  • Hair transplant punches
  • Injection syringes
  • Laptop computers
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical magnifiers
  • Medical masks
  • Medical nail nippers
  • Medical scissors
  • Microdermabrasion tools
  • Nebulizers
  • Otoscopes
  • Phototherapy units
  • Protective face shields
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Serrated hemostats
  • simplifyMD Dermatology
  • Skin hooks
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Splinter forceps
  • Sponge forceps
  • Surgical elevators
  • Surgical needle holders
  • Surgical retractors
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Tissue forceps
  • Vein locaters
  • Wood's lamps
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • doc2MD
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Encite Dermatology Electronic Health Records EHR Software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • NexTech EMR & PM
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • Nuesoft Technologies NueMD
  • simplifyMD software
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • WRSHealth EMR

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800