5 Highest Paying Specializations for Doctors
Curious which areas of medicine on average make the most
money? Below you will find the top paying specializations for doctors according
2015 Forbes study conducted between April 2014 and March 2015 in
association with Merritt Hawkins & Associates. This information is
presented as estimated salaries of each specialization.
1. Cardiology (invasive)
Cardiologists are in
demand with heart failure still a major threat to the majority of people in the
United States. Invasive cardiology consists of skilled surgeons conducting
emergent angioplasties, electrophysiology studies, permanent pacemaker
insertions and cardioversions. These surgeries can occur at any time as well,
with the average cardiologist working a 56-hour week on-call and in the
2. Orthopedic Surgeon
The procedures that these
doctors are typically involved in include conditions involving the
musculoskeletal system. Injuries typically occur after unfortunate sports
injuries or could be caused by degenerative diseases. This year, orthopedic
surgery was top choice for recent medical school graduates being matched with
their new residency programs. Be prepared, orthopedic surgeons need to possess
a high scholastic aptitude, mechanical ability and 3-D visualization skills.
A gastroenterologist specializes in the esophagus, stomach, intestine
and liver. Often, graduating medical students choose this profession for the
combined ability to perform surgeries and also practice medical specialties.
This makes for a great mix of cognitive and manual skills used on a daily
Urology is known for its advancement in minimally invasive
surgeries and is a top choice for medical students to be at the forefront of
these surgical technologies. An urologist can branch into many subspecialties that
focus on the treatment of specific medical diseases of the male and female
urinary tracts and the male reproductive organs.
Specializing in all things related to the skin and outer layers of the body, a dermatologist performs several minimally invasive procedures such as skin biopsies and local anesthesia as well as more advanced procedures such as cryosurgery and electrosurgery. A dermatologist may also treat conditions of the nails, hair, and mucous membranes. Common treatments include tests for skin cancer, cosmetic procedures, and treatment for various skin disorders such as acne, fungal infections, dermatitis or psoriasis.