Cardiologists


Overview

Introduction

Cardiologists are physicians who practice in the subspecialty of internal medicine that concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In most instances, cardiologists treat patients on a consultative basis to determine if the symptoms the patients are exhibiting are signs of heart disease. According to the State Health Facts Web site of the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 32,640 actively practicing cardiologists in the United States.

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Median Salary

$256,638

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Three to seven years' residency


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

Earnings for cardiologists vary widely due to factors such as the number of years the cardiologist has been in practice, the size and type of practice (e.g., self-employed private practice, large group practice, and hospital-based), the type of cardiology practiced (noninvasive, interventional, and invasive noninterventional), and the geographic location where they practice medicine.

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Work Environment

The offices and examining rooms of most physicians are well equipped, attractive, well lighted, and well ventilated. There is usually at least one nurse-receptionist on the physician's staff, and there may be several nurses, a laboratory technician, one or more secretaries, a bookkeeper, or receptionist.

Physicians usually see patients by appointments that are scheduled according to indi...

Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the total employment of all physicians and surgeons is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2028.

The influence of managed care, new research and development of cardiac drugs, and the Affordable Care Act continues to be felt in the field of cardiology. The usual inpatient time for someone who has suffered a he...

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