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The primary responsibilities of an infectious disease specialist are to diagnose and treat infectious diseases of a viral, bacterial, tropical, parasitic and fungal nature. An ID specialist is an expert on the variety of infections that affect the heart, brain, lungs, bowel, urinary tract, pelvic organs and bones. The ID specialist usually works with patients who have tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, strep throat, measles, meningitis, mumps and the flu. ID specialists also have knowledge on how the body fights infection, how the infection is spread throughout the body, how to control the infection with the use of antibiotics and its effects on the body. The ID specialist performs laboratory tests or X-rays on patients to find the cause of the infection or to determine the seriousness of the infection. ID specialists also perform blood tests or physical exams on patients who are travelling to other countries where they might be exposed to infectious diseases. ID specialists are allowed to treat and diagnose infectious diseases but aren't allowed to perform surgical procedures. The following examples are jobs from CareerBuilder.com:

'Must be an expert in microbiology, provide insight into the various infectious diseases and responsible for daily tasks of problem solving, consultation, education and improving cases related to infection control measures and reduce infection rates.' --Gundersen Lutheran 'Candidate must manage government contracts and grants while maintaining the most recent knowledge and studies on infectious diseases, supervise the biological defense and infectious disease staff and ensure that facility is following federal regulations.' --KForce Scientific Staffing Infectious Disease Specialist Job Requirements An infectious disease specialist requires extensive education and training. Usually, the ID specialist will need at least eight years of education after high school (bachelor's degree and medical school), licensure as a doctor followed by three to eight years of additional training (internship, residency generally in internal medicine and infectious disease fellowship). One then must become board certified in both infectious diseases and internal medicine by passing exams given by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The ID specialist also must demonstrate strong communication, microbiology and critical thinking skills. The following examples are jobs from a prominent Internet job board:

'One year experience. Current Texas licensure. DEA and DPS certification. Need ACLS and or ATLS. Urgent care or ER experience a plus. ' -- Credentia 'Must has an MD degree, completed residency, board certification in internal medicine and certification in infectious diseases.' -- Anderson Cancer Center Job Outlook The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, stated that the job outlook for a physicians in general is very good and expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. There are reported shortages in certain specialties, such as internal medicine (including infectious diseases). Also, more job opportunities will become available due to specialists retiring over the next decade. According to Salary.com, www.salary.com, the median annual salary for an infectious disease specialist is approximately $176,318.

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