A pulmonary physician is a healthcare professional who specializes in the human respiratory system. Pulmonary medicine is placed within internal medicine, and a pulmonary physician diagnoses and treats respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, pneumonia, lung cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A pulmonary physician works with other physicians for patients with the flu or pneumonia in treating these conditions. These doctors work in either a hospital or an outpatient clinic setting.
A pulmonary physician must have a bachelor's degree, a medical school degree, and complete a three-year training program or a residency in internal medicine. These professionals should possess a working knowledge of human medicine and the respiratory system and have strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
A pulmonary physician can make between $67,000 to $534,000 annually depending on experience and expertise, and the career field is expected to grow 7% by 2028.