Gastroenterologists


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Gastroenterologists

Introduction

Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of the digestive system and associated organs, such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. The American Gastroenterological Association has more than 16,000 members. 

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Median Salary

$417,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Residency and fellowship required


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Skills

Leadership


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Personality Traits

Curious

Earnings

The average salary for medical residents who specialized in gastroenterology was $64,600 in 2018, according to the Medscape 2018 Residents Salary & Debt Report. Medscape is a health care informatics firm. 

According to Salary.com, gastroenterologists earned median annual salaries of $376,228 in December 2019. Salaries ranged from less than $317,607 to $444,235 or more.

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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

Employment of all physicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The rising demand for specialty care (particularly by a growing aging population) coupled with a shortage of trained physicians has resulted in a good job market for those who choose to specialize. If the trend continues, the outlook for gastroent...

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