As a specialised doctor primarily concerned with physiology and pathology related to human blood and the organs that make it, a hematologist works long hours but commands a high salary. To become a hematologist, you will first need to attend an accredited medical school to become a licensed physician, followed by several years of residency and advanced study in hematology.
The average wage for a hematologist is £195,917, according to CareerBuilder (careerbuilder.com) with a range that stretches from the bottom 25 per cent of hematologists making £150,499 to the top 75 per cent bringing in £282,634 annually. Salary.com (salary.com) places the average lower than CareerBuilder, with a median of £167,973. The bottom 25 per cent make £138,229, compared with £218,944 for the top 75 per cent, according to Salary.com.
Working with patients that have blood disorders and cancers is the job of a hematologist. Diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and sickle-cell disease, as well as working with patients who need bone-marrow transplants, are the types of tasks that hematologists deal with daily.
Before becoming a hematologist, you will first need to complete a four-year college education, followed by taking the Medical College Admission Test. Upon acceptance to a medical school, you will spend approximately four years in study, followed by two to four years of residency specialising in internal medicine to become a licensed physician. The final step includes another round of residency, plus advanced coursework covering topics like hematologic neoplasm and red and white blood cell disorders.
To stay on the cutting edge of advancements in the field of hematology, it is a good idea to become a member a specialised association. The American Society of Hematology (hematology.org) promotes the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood disorders.