Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor

Treat conditions involving the ears, nose, or throat.
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~ $172,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors do?

Allergies, colds, nasal blockages, and sore throats are all part of a day in the life of Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors. No, they don’t have a nasty cold, but they treat patients who have symptoms that might indicate a cold or allergic reaction.

Patients who visit the Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor might have difficulty breathing, a broken nose, or a problem with their balance. As an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, you find out what the problem is. You grab your equipment and start looking inside the mouth, ears, and throat.

Sometimes, the problem is easy to see, such as inflammation of the inner ear, which causes balance problems. Other times, you may base your diagnosis on symptoms or additional testing, such as when disease affects the voice box.

In addition to seeing patients in your office, you might act as a Plastic Surgeon, rebuilding the sinuses and bone structures for the purpose of treating trauma or birth defects.

That means you schedule surgeries, explain operations to your patients, and perform the procedures. What procedures? Well, they’re as varied as the skin colors of a chameleon. One day, you might remove polyps from inside the nasal passage, and another day, you might perform reconstructive surgery on the entire nose.

Should I be an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Doctor of Radiology, Ear, Nose, and Throat Physician, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Eclectic Doctor See More

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    Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor

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