What does a Pulmonologist do?

Pulmonologists are also known as respiratory physicians and are internal physicians with a specialty in the health of the respiratory system. They focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions pertaining to the patient’s lungs and respiratory tract, and concentrate on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, conditions, and any abnormalities related to the cardiopulmonary system.

Pulmonologists consult with patients for updates on their symptoms and health concerns. They are often involved with patients requiring life support or mechanical ventilation and can diagnose and treat lung conditions and diseases of the chest including pneumonia. They determine the proper treatment of ailments and conditions and use therapy to treat respiratory disorders including antibiotics, steroids, or inhalers. A pulmonologist can advise a patient on lifestyle changes to better manage their respiratory conditions. Pulmonologists have completed undergraduate studies and four years of medical school as well as a three-year training program or residency in internal medicine. Pulmonologists have also completed a two-to-three year fellowship upon completion of their residency.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Pulmonologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$295,647 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $296K
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Pulmonologist Career Path

Learn how to become a Pulmonologist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Pulmonologist Insights

Read what Pulmonologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mount Lebanon Hospital
Aug 31, 2021

“Good salary with better life”

University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan
Pulmonary Function Technologist
Nov 18, 2020

“No opportunity for vertical career development.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a pulmonologist

When working as a pulmonologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Problem Solving, English, H1b, Leadership, and Computer Literacy.

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