Pediatrician - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Pediatrician

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Job Description

 

Pediatricians specialize in treating ailments and illnesses of children.

They treat illnesses such as strep throat, pink eye, colds, and chicken pox. In addition, pediatricians help healthy children stay well; this can include administering immunizations, evaluating patients' growth and weight, and providing guidance for social, mental, and emotional health.

Pediatricians might work for clinics, hospitals, or in private practice.

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Responsibilities

 

Pediatricians work with kids to treat them of with a variety of illnesses, injuries, and health conditions. They also teach and work as administrators at medical centers and engage in medical research.

A medical doctor's responsibilities include:

  • Diagnosing diseases, illnesses, and/or conditions

  • Assessing the need for therapies and/or medicines and prescribing them

  • Providing information to patients and families regarding diagnosis and treatment goals

  • Monitoring patient progress and response to therapies and/or treatments

  • Maintaining patient records and accurate information

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Skills

 

Medical doctors require a high level of science acumen. Aspiring physicians should focus on the human sciences during their undergraduate career, including biochemistry, biology, and anatomy, as they serve as the foundation to a full understanding of diagnosis and treatment.

Beyond a comprehensive understanding of science, a physician must possess highly developed communications and patient care skills.

Doctors often work with patients from all walks of life, and being able to sensitively and effectively communicate with anyone is fundamental to a successful career, as found in a recent study by the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Confidence, empathy, respectfulness, and thoroughness all fall under patient care skills. While patients want a physician who can accurately and knowledgeably diagnose and treat their illness, they also want one who exhibits the aforementioned personality traits.

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Working Conditions

 

Pediatric doctors work primarily in medical office settings but might need to travel to homes or hospitals when special patients' needs arise.

Generally speaking, pediatric doctors work on a full-time basis, although some longer hours might be needed.

These doctors are typically well paid, and the rewards of caring for children are great. However, working as a pediatrician can be stressful.

Positions for physicians are available in a variety of health care settings. A physician may elect to set up a private practice, either alone or as part of a larger medical practice group.

Others choose to work in medical centers and hospitals, universities and other public agencies.

Medical schools are working to increase their enrollments as a looming doctor shortage is expected in all geographic regions and areas of the profession.

It is likely that physicians in the future will work fewer hours, which means lower earnings but they should be able to retire earlier. Low-income areas and rural regions will hold the greatest employment opportunities.

JAMA, the prestigious professional journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), is a major source for employment opportunities.

The website for the AMA is part of an active network that helps physicians find the right job for them, in the right location and environment. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.18.2017
Title: Pediatrician Department: Pediatric Clinic Schedule: PT/FT Shift: Vary Hours: TBD At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they...
05.17.2017
The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks a child abuse pediatrician at the rank of Associate (non track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual selected will join the Division...
08.18.2017
Newborn Hospitalist (Pediatrician) Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Cambridge, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 08/03/2017...
08.18.2017
PHYSICIAN - Pediatrician Essentia Health Childrens Services brings together dedicated pediatric teams, where the family is central. We are focused on providing Patient-and Family-Centered care, have active Family Advisory Councils,...
08.18.2017
Full-time general pediatrician needed for the Arlington Pediatric Center, a state of the art pediatric medical home in Arlington, VA, a close-in suburb of Washington DC. We are looking for a dynamic pediatrician with a strong commitment to...
03.03.2016
Provides general nursing assistance as delegated by the Registered Professional Nurse. Assists with the collection of patient care data; preparation of patients for Emergency Department exam, procedures, and/or testing; and collection of...
08.18.2017
08.18.2017
This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeing an exceptional BE/BC Pediatrician to join our Family Medicine &...
05.15.2017
The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks general pediatricians at the rank of Associate (non track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individuals selected will join the Division of...
08.18.2017
This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Kokomo, IN. Highlights Community Howard Regional Health is seeking an enthusiastic BE/BC Pediatrician to join a well-established...
08.18.2017
This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeing an exceptional BE/BC Pediatrician for an opportunity with KidsExpress,...
08.18.2017
Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
08.08.2017
Description Role Purpose: Actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching theirown goals for breastfeeding. Performs assessment, planning, implementation,evaluation and modification of staff breastfeeding education...
  1. Pediatrician Brighton, MA Franciscan Hospital for Children
    Title: Pediatrician Department: Pediatric Clinic Schedule: PT/FT Shift: Vary Hours: TBD At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they...
  2. CHILD ABUSE PEDIATRICIAN Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks a child abuse pediatrician at the rank of Associate (non track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual selected will join the Division...
  3. Newborn Hospitalist (Pediatrician) Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Newborn Hospitalist (Pediatrician) Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Cambridge, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 08/03/2017...
  4. Physician - Pediatrician, Duluth,MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    PHYSICIAN - Pediatrician Essentia Health Childrens Services brings together dedicated pediatric teams, where the family is central. We are focused on providing Patient-and Family-Centered care, have active Family Advisory Councils,...
  5. Pediatrician, Arlington Pediatric Center Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Full-time general pediatrician needed for the Arlington Pediatric Center, a state of the art pediatric medical home in Arlington, VA, a close-in suburb of Washington DC. We are looking for a dynamic pediatrician with a strong commitment to...
  6. Pediatrician Princeton, IL Perry Memorial Hospital
    Provides general nursing assistance as delegated by the Registered Professional Nurse. Assists with the collection of patient care data; preparation of patients for Emergency Department exam, procedures, and/or testing; and collection of...
  7. Pediatrician - On-Call Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
  8. Pediatrics - General Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeing an exceptional BE/BC Pediatrician to join our Family Medicine &...
  9. GENERAL PEDIATRICIANS Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks general pediatricians at the rank of Associate (non track), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individuals selected will join the Division of...
  10. Pediatrics Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Kokomo, IN. Highlights Community Howard Regional Health is seeking an enthusiastic BE/BC Pediatrician to join a well-established...
  11. Pediatrics - Urgent Care Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeing an exceptional BE/BC Pediatrician for an opportunity with KidsExpress,...
  12. Mental Health Therapist - Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
  13. Lactation Consultant - NICU Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description Role Purpose: Actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching theirown goals for breastfeeding. Performs assessment, planning, implementation,evaluation and modification of staff breastfeeding education...