Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists


Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists


An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, or otolaryngologist, provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders that involve or affect the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Fifty percent of all physician office visits are for ear, nose, and throat illnesses. Many ENT specialists operate in private practices, and some work in large academic/university settings where they help train medical students and residents. The American Academy o...

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree



Residency and fellowship



Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings vary according to geographical region, type and size of practice, hours worked per week, and professional reputation. According to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2019, the average annual salary of otolaryngologists was $461,000. The lowest-paid 10 percent of all physicians earned less than $60,280 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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Work Environment

ENT specialists work in offices and examining rooms that are clean, well-lighted, and equipped with the latest medical technology. Their work day typically involves a combination of seeing patients in their offices and performing surgery in hospitals or other medical settings. Physicians in research or in academic medicine have regular hours and usually set their own workload.


Overall, the health care industry is thriving, and employment opportunities for all physicians are expected to grow faster than the average for all careers from 2018 to 2028. The expertise of the ENT specialist will always be in great demand. The specialty is gaining more and more attention, especially as more ENT specialists are appointed as the heads of medical schools and residency programs....