Summary of occupation
Endocrinologists diagnose diseases affecting glands including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, testes and pancreas. They recognise and treat hormone problems by helping to restore the balance of hormones. They take care of many conditions including diabetes, thyroid disease, and osteoporosis and growth disorders.
Most of the endocrinologists practising in Western Australia, do so in the Perth metropolitan area.
Investigates, diagnoses and treats disorders of the human glandular and hormonal systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Internal Medical Specialist, Medical Practitioner, Physician, Specialist
An endocrinologists needs:
- to interpret and understand laboratory tests, x-rays and other associated procedures
- a sound knowledge of organ imaging investigations, hormone implants and fine needle aspiration and their application to endocrinology
- knowledge in clinical endocrinology and metabolism, including diabetes
- a detailed understanding of the principles of endocrine physiology, biochemistry and cellular and hormonal metabolism
- to consult with other medical practitioners to evaluate a patient's endocrine system
- to be conversant with research activities in the endocrine field
- to be able to communicate effectively
- to be conscientious
- to relate to people
- compassion towards others
- to enjoy working with people
- a high degree of motivation and self-discipline
In a typical day, most endocrinologists see a number of patients (in hospital or privately) and generally work regular office hours, Monday to Friday. An endocrinologist's work is highly demanding but equally rewarding.
On average, endocrinologists can expect to earn between $2 692.31 and $3 461.54 per week ($140 000 and $180 000 a year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. As an endocrinologist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Endocrinologists need to use tools and technologies associated with diagnostic laboratory techniques. They also need to remain current in both basic and applied endocrinology practises.
To become an endocrinologist, you must first become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialise in endocrinology
In Western Australia, postgraduate courses in medicine are offered by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Australia. These degrees usually take four years to complete. Entry requirements include completion of a bachelor degree in any discipline. You must also sit the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test and attend an interview at your chosen institution. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
On completion of the postgraduate medical degree, you must work in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency). To then specialise in endocrinology, doctors can apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to undertake further training and ultimately receive fellowship.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.