Dermatologists provide diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to disorders of the human skin.
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.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Medical Practitioners, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 70% of people employed as Dermatologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 4 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 46 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Dermatologists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Dermatologists||All Jobs Average|
Around 84% of Dermatologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Dermatologists is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 53% of the workforce. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Dermatologists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||9.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Medical Practitioners need to undertake further training with the Australian College of Dermatologists to become a Dermatologist.
Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Dermatologists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||55.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
55%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Looking for ways to help people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
52%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
87%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
63%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
49%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
48%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
44%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
42%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
41%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
38%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
38%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
37%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
31%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
31%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
25%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
55%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
48%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
74%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
72%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
71%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
70%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
64%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
60%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
60%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
58%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
58%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
57%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
56%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
56%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
53%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
47%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
45%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
100%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
100%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
99%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk on the telephone.
98%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
98%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
97%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Talk with people face-to-face.
97%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
95%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
94%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
94%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
91%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
88%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
88%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
88%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
86%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
82%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
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