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A person who is specialized in Dermatology and has the privilege to work under Dermatology is called a Dermatologist. A Dermatologist usually deals with all diseases concerning skin, hair, nail and scalp. Various treatment methods are adopted by Dermatologists to cure diseases related to human body.  A career in Dermatology includes hair transplantation, hair removal using laser technology or by other means, systematic therapy, allergy testing, cosmetic filler injections, phototherapy, laser therapy etc. They are specially trained people passed out from Dermatology schools and are expert in curing various skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, leprosy and cosmetic dermatological diseases.

One can become a Dermatologist or make a career in Dermatology by doing Certificate courses, Diploma or Postgraduate diploma in Dermatology. The course duration may vary from months to years. The course which can be done with a higher secondary qualification is diploma in Dermatology and it is of two years. The admission is done on the basis of marks secured in a common entrance exam. For a better future and understanding, it is advised to go for postgraduate or Ph.D. courses. But one must have secured minimum 50% to get admission for post graduate diploma and 55% for doctor of medicine in Dermatology.

COURSES AND ELIGIBILITY                     

(A) Diploma in Dermatology

  • Eligibility: Higher Secondary with Science stream
  • Course Duration: 2 years

(B) Post Graduate Diploma in Dermatology

  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Medicine
  • Course Duration: 2 years

(C) Certificate Courses in Dermatology

  • Eligibility: Higher Secondary
  • Course Duration: 6 to 12 months

(D) Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in Dermatology

  • Eligibility: MBBS
  • Course Duration: 3 years


One can choose the following specializations in dermatology:

  • Dermatopathology
  • Immunohematology
  • Mohs surgery
  • Teledermatology
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Cosmetic dermatology


Dermatologists who master in cosmetic dermatology plays key factors in giving a normal appearance to patients having skin related diseases without sacrificing natural skin.  Safer yet more effective alternatives to existing equipment are being invented each day.Over millions of people are influenced by the various applications of Dermatology. Employment areas of dermatologist can be in nursing homes, Pvt. /Govt. Hospitals, Clinics and Dispensaries as well and some job types can be

  • Assist. Quality Control
  • Consultant dermatologist
  • Assist. Cosmetologists
  • Consultant dermatology
  • Dermatology Professor
  • Skin Specialist
  • Medical Representative
  • Clinical Application specialist
  • Therapy Manager – IVF Artificial Reproduction
  • Dermatology Consultant
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Product Manager


  • B. R Ambedkar Medical College, Karnataka
  • JSS Medical College and Hospital, Karnataka
  • Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Maharashtra
  • Care College of Physiotherapy and Paramedics, Andhra Pradesh
  • College of Ayurved, Pune


Dermatologists are one of the highest paid medical specialties.

Dermatologists earns a good remuneration depending upon experience, location and work. In India, average salary of a dermatologist is Rs 614,451 per year. Experience matters a lot in this profession. As your years of experience increases, it also increments your salary.

Salary in government hospital depends upon the pay scale decided by the government. Salary packages offered to dermatologist are depend upon several factors like job experience, working skills, qualifications, working area and many other factors. Dermatologists can also make more money by having their own clinic. In US, the salary of a dermatologist is around $300,000 a year. “With good qualification and experience, you can earn beyond the limits in this field”.