Immunologists specialize in immune disease and infection research while applying treatment methods.
Immunologists may work in medical facilities or laboratories.
Medical immunologists work in private offices, clinics or hospitals, with other providers to diagnose and treat immunological issues. Job duties include conducting and evaluating diagnostic tests, balancing risks and benefits to establish treatment plans and conducting immunological therapies.
Research immunologists work in labs. They conduct scientific studies examining diseases that affect the immune system. Some immunologists spend time in the field.
Education & Training
Immunologists are required to have at least 13 years of medical training including 4 years of college (pre-med), 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency, and 2 years of fellowship program.
Aspiring immunologists will need a Medical Degree, then pass the examination in whichever field they choose, and after completing 2 years of fellowship in immunology they then have to pass the American Board of Allergy and Immunology to become certified.
Opportunities for Advancement
The employment outlook for Immunologists is very good and most move into private practices, however those working in hospital like settings can move up to managerial or supervisor positions and receive a slight pay raise.
Some doctors who remain in the field specialize in something else or go into the teaching aspect and teach new doctors and residents.
Opportunities for immunologists have been increasing over the years due to its specialized field and the high demand for such an infrequent specialty.
Salary & Benefits
Salaries range from $50,000 to $200,00+. Immunologists working in hospitals or private companies have higher salaries.
The field is rapidly advancing and provides opportunities to work with patients with rare and life-threatening disorders of immune system.
There is a 74% job satisfaction.
Aptitudes and Values
Using statistics and computerized data
Dealing with a wide variety of clinical problems
Working across different specialties
Dual clinic and laboratory responsibilites
Grasp of techniques used in laboratory
Working with colleagues
Providing clinical leadership