Immunology is the study of how the body protects itself against cellular invaders such as bacteria and viruses. An immunologist specializes in treating patients with immune disorders. As an immunologist, you are a physician in internal medicine and/or pediatrics who has completed an additional two years of fellowship in an accredited immunology training program.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups immunologists under the broader job category of microbiologists. The median salary in this field was $66,260 a year as of 2012. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $39,720, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $117,690. Many of these jobs were not specific to immunology, however. The BLS reports that physicians practicing primary care earned median annual incomes of $220,942 as of 2012. According to the Indeed job, immunologists averaged $201,000 a year nationwide as of 2014. Indeed reports that in California, immunologists averaged $216,000 a year, while those in New York averaged $244,000. The average was $185,000 a year in Kansas and $188,000 in Florida.
If you're interested in becoming an immunologist, contact the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. The AAAAI provides information on training programs in each state. It also publishes a PowerPoint presentation on its website for immunologists considering private practice. While the association doesn't give exact salary expectations, it does break down how to budget your business.
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine: Part One - Immunology
- American Academy of Allergy and Immunology: A Rewarding Career in Allergy / Immunology
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: What Microbiologists Do
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Microbiologists - Pay
- indeed: Immunologist - United States
- indeed: Immunologist - California
- indeed: Immunologists - New York
- indeed: Immunologists - Kansas
- indeed: Immunologists - Florida
- American Academy of Allergy and Immunology: Starting In Practice, Part 2
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