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Data last updated October 2021

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Job Description

A pulmonologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions and diseases that affect the lungs, bronchial tubes, and the respiratory system. Conditions related to the lungs can also directly affect the chest and therefore pulmonologists must also be trained in diagnosing and treating diseases such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

Pulmonologists work closely with respiratory therapists to help treat and combat COVID-19 in patients, especially those with underlying respiratory conditions.


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Employment Outlook

From 2018 to 2028, all physicians and surgeons, including pulmonologists, can expect to see a growth in demand of 7% for their skills. This is higher than the national average for most other professions.


Medical School – 5+ Years