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

Pediatrician

Jump to:

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.

.

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

.

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.

.

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. 

.

Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.01.2017
Description SSM Health - Illinois seeks a Pediatrician to join their hospital employed medical group This is an employed position with SSM Health Medical Group, a premier hospital system located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where easy access is...
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...
11.01.2017
Physician Pediatrician, Hand in Hand Pediatrics Dublin, OH November 1, 2017 Apply Keep Me In Mind Nationwide Childrens hospital seeks a bc/be pediatrician for Hand in Hand Pediatrics in Dublin, Ohio. This is a contingent...
12.12.2017
Req ID: 40184 This position exists to provide direct medical care within the outpatient clinic The position works collaboratively with patients to meet improve their health and well-being Delivering evidenced based care that supports the...
11.08.2017
Req ID: 39124 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
11.06.2017
Req ID: 28343 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
11.06.2017
Req ID: 28343 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
12.01.2017
The position provides the opportunity for a physician to practice inpatient pediatrics in our regional medical center and outpatient pediatrics in our Family Care Center.  Our pediatricians attend C-sections and provide stabilization...
12.13.2017
Needing starting Summer of 2018 - Board Certified Pediatrician to provide inpatient coverage on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include admissions, consults and follow-ups. Must have NC Medical License with Board Registry in...
12.13.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a Part-Time Pediatrician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Pediatrics Westside, located in Spartanburg, SC. Highlights of the opportunity include: Practice currently...
12.13.2017
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 outstanding BE/BC Pediatrician to join our Family Medicine &...
12.13.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a Pediatrician to join the teaching faculty at the Spartanburg Medical Center Center for Pediatrics, located in Spartanburg, SC. Highlights of the opportunity include: Practice...
12.13.2017
PHYSICIAN - Pediatrics Detroit Lakes, MN Join a high-volume, collaborative primary care team in providing comprehensive pediatric care that includes well-child checkups and immunizations to sports physicals and adolescent health programs...
12.13.2017
Education: Doctorate degree in psychology (PhD or PsyD) Experience: Licensure/Registration/Certification: Two years of supervised clinical experience with a broad range of presenting problems and therapies, including cognitive...
12.13.2017
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...
  1. Pediatrician Centralia, IL SSM Health Illinois
    Description SSM Health - Illinois seeks a Pediatrician to join their hospital employed medical group This is an employed position with SSM Health Medical Group, a premier hospital system located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where easy access is...
  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. Pediatrician, Hand in Hand Pediatrics Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Physician Pediatrician, Hand in Hand Pediatrics Dublin, OH November 1, 2017 Apply Keep Me In Mind Nationwide Childrens hospital seeks a bc/be pediatrician for Hand in Hand Pediatrics in Dublin, Ohio. This is a contingent...
  4. Pediatrician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 40184 This position exists to provide direct medical care within the outpatient clinic The position works collaboratively with patients to meet improve their health and well-being Delivering evidenced based care that supports the...
  5. Internal Medicine/Pediatrician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 39124 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
  6. Internal Medicine/Pediatrician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 28343 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
  7. Internal Medicine/Pediatrician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 28343 Provides direct patient care for clinical patients for designated specialty Functions appropriately as part of care delivery team through efficient use of resources and skills, both their own and those of other provider and...
  8. Inpatient/ Outpatient Pediatrician Opportunity in Midsize Community Liberal, KS Southwest Medical Center
    The position provides the opportunity for a physician to practice inpatient pediatrics in our regional medical center and outpatient pediatrics in our Family Care Center.  Our pediatricians attend C-sections and provide stabilization...
  9. Pediatric Hospitalist Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Needing starting Summer of 2018 - Board Certified Pediatrician to provide inpatient coverage on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include admissions, consults and follow-ups. Must have NC Medical License with Board Registry in...
  10. Physician - Pediatrics - West Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a Part-Time Pediatrician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Pediatrics Westside, located in Spartanburg, SC. Highlights of the opportunity include: Practice currently...
  11. 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 outstanding BE/BC Pediatrician to join our Family Medicine &...
  12. Physician - Pediatrics - Center for Pediatrics Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a Pediatrician to join the teaching faculty at the Spartanburg Medical Center Center for Pediatrics, located in Spartanburg, SC. Highlights of the opportunity include: Practice...
  13. PHYSICIAN - Pediatrics, Detroit Lakes, MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    PHYSICIAN - Pediatrics Detroit Lakes, MN Join a high-volume, collaborative primary care team in providing comprehensive pediatric care that includes well-child checkups and immunizations to sports physicals and adolescent health programs...
  14. Child and Adolescent Psychologist St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
    Education: Doctorate degree in psychology (PhD or PsyD) Experience: Licensure/Registration/Certification: Two years of supervised clinical experience with a broad range of presenting problems and therapies, including cognitive...
  15. 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...