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How to become a Dermatologist

avg. starting salary

Think beauty is only skin deep? Try telling that to a Dermatologist… Dermatologists are Doctors who specialise in diagnosing and providing treatment for skin conditions, as well as skin and nail problems. They may work with children or adults, and treat everything from eczema, dermatitis, acne and cold sores, through to more serious conditions, such as skin cancer. They may also perform some surgery as part of their role, including cosmetic procedures such as removing birthmarks, skin tags or moles. Typical duties for a Dermatologist may include:
  • Examining patients and assessing their condition
  • Coming up with treatment and prevention plans
  • Administering treatment
  • Performing surgical procedures, such as biopsies and excisions
  • Improving the appearance of the skin, by removing blemishes and examples of skin damage
  • Referring patients to other medical professionals, such as laser specialists, for further treatment
  • Educating the community about the importance of sun care

To become a Dermatologist, you’ll need a keen interest in science and biology, as well as the ability to work with people from all walks of life. Many of your patients may be embarrassed to talk about their condition, so sensitivity and an excellent bedside manner will also be key attributes. Whether dealing with mild complaints, or life limiting disorders, a good Dermatologist will always do their best to make their patients feel as comfortable – and confident – as possible. Other key skills for a Dermatologist include:
  • Empathy
  • Tact
  • Manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • A genuine concern for others wellbeing


Trainee Dermatologist

Up to £60,000


Up to £75,000

Consultant Dermatologist

Up to £160,000

"If you’re interested in a career in medicine, it doesn’t get more varied and absorbing than Dermatology. I work in a hospital, so I mostly get to see outpatients, but my work also takes me onto the wards where I see people with more persistent or life-altering conditions. And I even have one day a week dedicated to surgical procedures, which keeps me on my toes and keeps things practical. The best part of the job? I literally get to transform people’s appearance, and self-esteem, on a daily basis. It’s pretty incredible, really."

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