Career Trends for Oncologist Jobs

Oncologist jobs impose a strenuous and long education, plus continuing of education due to the vast amount of research going on in the field of oncology. An oncologist diagnoses and treats patients who are suffering from cancerous cells or tumors. Because of ongoing research to improve methods of treatment, a large influx of data and the development of new technologies, an oncologist always has to keep himself or herself updated. 

Subspecialties in Oncologist Jobs

An oncologist can specialize in any one of the numerous branches or subspecialties. A few of the subspecialties are radiation oncology, medical oncology (chemotherapy), surgical oncology, hematology-oncology, pediatric oncology, interventional oncology and gynecologic oncology. The surgical specialization requires a 5-year surgical residency program and a 3-year fellowship in oncology. There are nearly 14 programs of oncology approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology, the apex body of oncologists.

Projected Growth of Oncologist Jobs

According to the projections made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, oncologists can expect an annual average growth of 14 percent until 2016. An increased demand for oncologists prevails due to the increasingly aging population of America. Most of the health conditions treated by oncologists occur in patients above the age of 45.

Annual Salary

The median annual salary in oncologist jobs was $265,645 as of November 2009.

Career Trends in Oncologist Jobs

  • Career switches to oncology-related research are growing due to the vast number of research and education opportunities in the field of oncology.
  • Medicare has made a huge cut in the amount of reimbursement paid to oncologists for the prescription of chemotherapy to cancer patients.

Career Opportunities

You may work as an oncologist in a radiotherapy center, private hospital, oncology services company or a public hospital. You can work as permanent staff or as consultant or as a private practice. An oncologist’s job is done in the standard work schedule of 40 hours a week. Rarely oncologists are called for emergencies during odd hours of treatment. There is also a chance for you as an oncologist to choose academics or research in the field of oncology.

You can find more information on the oncologist's career at Hospital Jobs Online.