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
07.02.2019
Job Details Requisition Number 19-0716 Post Date 7/1/2019 Job Type Full-time Title Pediatrician City Lawton State OK Description Board Eligible or Board Certified Pediatrician. Apply On-line Send This Job to a Friend Browse Open Jobs...
08.19.2019
RFGH is seeking a full time Pediatrician to join our team. Must be BC/BE within 5 years post Residency training. Call is 1:7 shared with Family Practice physicians. This is an employed position. Includes 7 paid weeks off (includes vacation, sick,...
07.15.2019
The Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin is seeking a board certified/eligible pediatrician to join a practice of 5 board-certified pediatricians and 1...
04.22.2019
Job Summary Reporting to the Section Chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, the Pediatrician will provide developmental and behavioral evaluations and complete essential job functions, as listed below. Pediatrician will be provided with...
08.19.2019
The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a Board Certified or eligible Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. The Pediatrician will be: skilled at assessment and treatment of children with neuro...
08.19.2019
MaineGeneral Pediatrics is seeking a BC/BE Pediatrician to join Kennebec Pediatrics, a thriving, well-established practice in Augusta, Maine's capitol city. The practice includes four physicians, two nurse practitioners and a full complement of...
08.19.2019
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate, is an award winning, academic public healthcare system which receives national recognition for innovation and community excellence. Our system includes three campuses...
08.19.2019
St. Anthony Regional Hospital is seeking a board-certified, or board-eligible, specialist in Pediatrics. The ideal candidate will have completed residency in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or current legal resident, and be a D.O. or an M.D....
08.19.2019
Responsible for providing physician services, including assessing and managing patients in the clinic and other locations, i.e., hospital, assisted living facility, ambulatory surgery center, within the scope of licensing, training, and...
08.19.2019
Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a full time BC/BE Pediatric Physician to join their team at the new Watson Health Center in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine....
08.03.2019
When you join Ascension and Ascension Medical Group, you are entering a partnership where physician engagement and experience is recognized as a key driver of delivering excellent patient care. Your practice will be supported by a robust...
06.25.2019
The General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (GPAM) division is currently seeking an experienced board-certified pediatrician to join our group and serve as the Physician Lead for the Mayo Childrens Center Complex Care Clinic. Candidates for...
08.19.2019
Opportunity for a Pediatrician for Culpeper, VA The UVA Physicians Group is currently recruiting for a full time pediatrician for our UVA Culpeper Pediatrics practice in Culpeper, Virginia. You will have the opportunity to join a group of (5)...
08.03.2019
Ascension Sacred Heart is a faith-based health system that provides a network of hospitals, outpatient health centers, physician offices, rehabilitation centers and a variety of other health services to communities in South Alabama and across...
08.19.2019
Opportunity for a Pediatrician: Augusta Pediatrics, Fishersville, Virginia The University of Virginia Health System Physicians Group is currently recruiting for a full time pediatrician to join our established practice in Fishersville,...
  1. Pediatrician Lawton, OK Southwestern Medical Center
    Job Details Requisition Number 19-0716 Post Date 7/1/2019 Job Type Full-time Title Pediatrician City Lawton State OK Description Board Eligible or Board Certified Pediatrician. Apply On-line Send This Job to a Friend Browse Open Jobs...
  2. Pediatrician Skowhegan, ME Redington Fairview General Hospital
    RFGH is seeking a full time Pediatrician to join our team. Must be BC/BE within 5 years post Residency training. Call is 1:7 shared with Family Practice physicians. This is an employed position. Includes 7 paid weeks off (includes vacation, sick,...
  3. Pediatrician La Crosse, WI Mayo Clinic's Campus in Wisconsin
    The Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin is seeking a board certified/eligible pediatrician to join a practice of 5 board-certified pediatricians and 1...
  4. Developmental Pediatrician Mountainside, NJ Children's Specialized Hospital
    Job Summary Reporting to the Section Chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, the Pediatrician will provide developmental and behavioral evaluations and complete essential job functions, as listed below. Pediatrician will be provided with...
  5. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a Board Certified or eligible Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. The Pediatrician will be: skilled at assessment and treatment of children with neuro...
  6. Pediatrician - Kennebec Pediatrics Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    MaineGeneral Pediatrics is seeking a BC/BE Pediatrician to join Kennebec Pediatrics, a thriving, well-established practice in Augusta, Maine's capitol city. The practice includes four physicians, two nurse practitioners and a full complement of...
  7. Pediatrician Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate, is an award winning, academic public healthcare system which receives national recognition for innovation and community excellence. Our system includes three campuses...
  8. Pediatrician Carroll, IA St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
    St. Anthony Regional Hospital is seeking a board-certified, or board-eligible, specialist in Pediatrics. The ideal candidate will have completed residency in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or current legal resident, and be a D.O. or an M.D....
  9. Opportunity for a Pediatrician University Physicians Group : Harrisonburg, Virginia Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Responsible for providing physician services, including assessing and managing patients in the clinic and other locations, i.e., hospital, assisted living facility, ambulatory surgery center, within the scope of licensing, training, and...
  10. Physician - Pediatrician Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a full time BC/BE Pediatric Physician to join their team at the new Watson Health Center in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine....
  11. Physician-Pediatrician Panama City, FL Bay Medical Sacred Heart
    When you join Ascension and Ascension Medical Group, you are entering a partnership where physician engagement and experience is recognized as a key driver of delivering excellent patient care. Your practice will be supported by a robust...
  12. Academic General Pediatrician and Physician Lead-Complex Care Clinic Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic's Campus in Minnesota
    The General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (GPAM) division is currently seeking an experienced board-certified pediatrician to join our group and serve as the Physician Lead for the Mayo Childrens Center Complex Care Clinic. Candidates for...
  13. Opportunity for a Pediatrician for Culpeper, Virginia : Loan Repayment, Signing Bonus and Retention Bonus Offered! Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Opportunity for a Pediatrician for Culpeper, VA The UVA Physicians Group is currently recruiting for a full time pediatrician for our UVA Culpeper Pediatrics practice in Culpeper, Virginia. You will have the opportunity to join a group of (5)...
  14. Chief Medical Officer - Pediatrician in Chief Panama City, FL Bay Medical Sacred Heart
    Ascension Sacred Heart is a faith-based health system that provides a network of hospitals, outpatient health centers, physician offices, rehabilitation centers and a variety of other health services to communities in South Alabama and across...
  15. Opportuniity for a Pediatrician for University Physicians Group Augusta Pediatrics, Fishersville, VA Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Opportunity for a Pediatrician: Augusta Pediatrics, Fishersville, Virginia The University of Virginia Health System Physicians Group is currently recruiting for a full time pediatrician to join our established practice in Fishersville,...