Dermatologists provide diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to disorders of the human skin.

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Australian College of Dermatologists before you can specialise as a Dermatologist. Many Dermatologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Examines patients and carries out or arranges for specialised tests.
    • Prescribes medicine and advises patients on regiment to preserve or restore the health of the skin.
    • Maintains clinical records.

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    Dermatologists

    • 470 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 53% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Dermatologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 370 in 2011 to 470 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Dermatologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 53% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance98.7
    Other Services1.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateDermatologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.231.6
    VIC24.625.6
    QLD20.820.0
    SA8.77.0
    WA10.210.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketDermatologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-3414.2-22.922.9
    35-4431.8-22.022.0
    45-5426.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-647.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationDermatologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate55.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree41.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Australian College of Dermatologists before you can specialise as a Dermatologist. Many Dermatologists complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Medicine and dentistry

      87% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    2. Biology

      72% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    3. Psychology

      64% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. English language

      64% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Customer and personal service

      63% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    1. Frequent decision making

      100% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    2. Contact with people

      100% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      99% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    4. Telephone

      99% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Physically close to people

      98% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

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