Immunologist

Ram Potham mods 13-15

Job Description

An immunologist specializes in managing problems related to the immune system. They treat people with allergies, asthma, or people who just have a problem with their immune system. The role of the immune system is to protect us from invasion, but sometimes our immune system does not work properly. That is why we need immunologists. There are also immunologists that conduct research so we know more about the immune system.

Major Job Responsibilities

An immunologist’s typical workday depends on where they work or what they do.


  • Immunologists employed by universities do research to know more about the immune system. They can also work as teachers to teach students about immunology.
  • Immunologists in biotechnology, the use of living organisms to make new technology, generally work with other scientists to produce new products or improve existing ones.
  • Veterinary immunologists research better ways of improving animal healthcare by preventing disease, and providing treatment for animals fighting infections.

Working Conditions

Scientific immunologists, also called research immunologists, typically work in laboratories. Other immunologists usually work in a variety of places including children’s hospitals, university medical centers, large community hospitals, and private offices.

Current Salary

The median annual immunologist salary is $229,161, as of February 22, 2016, with a range usually between $206,192-$268,893.

Education Needed

  • At least 4 years of medical school
  • Three years of primary care pediatric residency training
  • At least 2 to 3 more years of study in an allergy and immunology program
  • Certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Job Outlook

The demand for immunologists should be a lot between 2010 and 2020. According to a report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the United States will face a shortage of allergy and immunology specialists by 2020. While with the number of immunologists is expected to decrease by 7 percent from 2006 to 2020, the actual demand for immunologists is expected to increase by 35 percent.