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Job Outlook Report: Urology

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Great careers are built on smart decisions — the kind you can only make when everything you need to know about your field is at your fingertips.

That’s exactly what we bring you at HealthCareerCenter.com, along with thousands of job listings with your area’s leading employers. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on urology: how to start a career in the specialty, how good you can expect your job prospects to be and other important things you should know.

Read on for insights pulled together with help from healthcare career experts at StateUniversity.com. Then, visit us to learn even more about urology jobs that are available in your region.

 

Urology job outlook: Strong

The next decade looks especially promising for urologists, with experts predicting significant growth through 2027. Like many other specialties, urology is full of doctors and surgeons who will likely retire during that time span, leading to an abundance of urology jobs in the field. This bodes well for up-and-coming urologists who are searching for above average pay in a high-demand position.

Speaking of retirees, the growing baby boomer patient base is also a good sign for urology job prospects. Reproductive organ issues such as urinary tract infections, prostate diseases and bladder control problems become much more prevalent as people pass the age of 65. Patients who encounter these issues will turn to urologists for help in increasing numbers.

 

How do you break into the urology field?

After earning a four-year degree in biology, physics or another related study, you’ll need to spend another four years earning your medical science doctorate with a focus on urology and reproductive health.

Following those eight years of school, your next step will be to obtain a residency at a hospital where you can get on-the-job-training at a urology center before taking your board certification and state licensing exam. You’ll also need additional training to perform surgeries like vasectomies or kidney stone removal.

From there, most urologists begin their careers at hospitals, or by joining experts from other specialties in a group practice. Many go on to start their own private clinic where they can earn a significantly higher yearly salary — but with a tradeoff of having to pay for insurance benefits and vacation time out of their own pockets.

 

Anything else you need to know?

Compared to specialists in other fields, urologists tend to experience a high degree of work-related stress. This is usually due to a combination of seeing anxious patients who are often in a great deal of pain, and performing emergency surgeries that can stretch long into the evening. In extreme cases, it’s not unheard of for urologists to be on the clock for 24 hours or more in a row.

If you’re interested in becoming a urologist, it’s also important to have a strong stomach. Some surgical procedures require dealing with odors that people with sensitivities to smell are unable to handle. And because many of these procedures can also cause excessive bleeding in patients, an ability to handle the sight of blood is a must.

 Whether you already have years of experience under your belt or are just beginning to consider urology as a profession, we can help you find everything you need to take your next big step. Visit HealthCareerCenter.com now for additional information about the profession, the best urology jobs in your area and more.

 

 

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on StateUniversity.com. To read the original article, click here.