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An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in cancer treatment. Many times oncologists take on a specialty or even a sub-specialty and focus on specific types of patients--like pediatric oncologists--or cancer of a specific area of the body--like gynecological oncologists.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being an oncologist is giving hope to a patient with cancer. Treating the patient means hopefully eradicating the cancer and giving the patient a new lease on life. When patients are cured of cancer this is a very rewarding experience for oncologists.
Another benefit of being an oncologist is the ability to continuously study and learn new information in the fight against cancer. Oncologists have access to the newest research studies and cutting-edge technology, which allows them to become even better doctors.
Oncologists have job security because it is unlikely there will be a complete cure for cancer any time in the near future. As a result, oncologists don't have to worry about losing their job.
According to CNN Money, the median income for an oncologist in the United States is just over $262,000 annually. Although the position is challenging and requires years of education, it does pay very well and is certainly a benefit.
Oncologists usually receive an excellent benefits package including but not limited to health insurance, vision and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid days off, paid vacation, 401k, bonuses, pensions, flexible spending and more. Not all oncologists will have all of these benefits, and some will have more. It depends on the size of the employer and the oncologist's experience and skill.
Laura Rupert Garcia has been a freelance writer since 2002. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an M.B.A. from Campbell University.