Saudi Arabia Needs Dermatologists

Female Physician in article about dermatologist shortage in Saudi Arabia

Fraser Clarke

We’ve started to notice a growing demand for dermatologists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, potentially making now the ideal time for anyone in the specialty to move to the country.

Consultant roles will look for:

  • A Medical Degree from WHO approved school
  • Residency in Dermatology completed in a western country such as USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere with Western European standards.
  • Board Certification/Specialist Registration in Dermatology
  • Minimum 3 years experience as a Consultant after board certification
  • Fluent English communication
  • A clean medical practice license in the jurisdiction of practice

Whilst openings for Specialists will be open to candidates with:

  • Specialist board certification in Dermatology that is accepted by the Saudi Council for Health Specialities.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in the speciality
  • Fluency in English essential, with a knowledge of Arabic being desirable

In return most roles in Saudi Arabia will offer:

  • A generous, tax-free salary
  • Tax free performance related bonuses
  • Flights to and from your home destination
  • Some roles will offer housing, or an allowance towards accommodation costs
  • Healthcare cover for you and your family

If you’re thinking about applying for a dermatology role in the Kingdom, it can be a good idea to find out more about the conditions you’re likely to be dealing with - so here’s a quick look at the three most common and prevalent.


  • Estimated to affect around 83% of University age Saudis
  • Almost 30% of people wait for a year before seeking professional treatment
  • Can be genetic, with severe cases often affecting various members of the family
  • Adult acne normally affects women during pregnancy


  • Lifetime prevalence rate of around 20%
  • Affects an estimated 13% of females between the ages of 13 and 24
  • Genetic and environmental factors are the main reasons for the issue
  • Detergents, antiseptics, some foods, and vegetable, allergens, microorganisms, hot temperatures, stress and hormonal variations have all been linked.


  • Mostly an issue on the knee and elbow
  • There has never been a clear breakthrough as to what causes it
  • 10.8% of cases in children under 13
  • A quarter of cases in those between 15 and 20

Interested in the roles we have on offer? Click here to view the latest dermatology openings we have in the Kingdom.