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
04.24.2018
Seeking a fulltime Pediatrician to join our JCHC Clinics.
04.24.2019
Redington Pediatrics 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...
01.31.2019
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...
04.24.2019
LincolnHealth Department: MaineHealth LincolnHealth/LMP Family Medicine 11.7188 Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Lincoln Medical Partners is...
04.24.2019
PRN 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 community...
03.18.2019
Join our Easton Pediatrics team as part of Signature Medical Group a multi site, multi specialty physician group just 25 miles from Boston. This unique opportunity includes a patient panel of 1700. The Signature Medical Group Pediatric group...
04.24.2019
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...
04.24.2019
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)...
04.24.2019
Position Summary: Responsible for providing direct patient clinical care and managing medical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized, pediatric patients. The Pediatric Hospitalist is a part of the interdisciplinary team to improve efficiency and...
04.24.2019
Will expected to be in call rotation, round at hospital and precept AP.
04.24.2019
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)...
04.24.2019
The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
04.24.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: PHYSICIAN- Pediatric Hospitalist Fargo, North Dakota PRACTICE SPECIFICS Seeking 2 full-time Pediatric Hospitalists as part of the growth within the pediatric inpatient...
04.24.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: PRACTICE SPECIFICS Seeking an IM/Peds Physician to assume an established Pediatric and IM population. Excellent compensation and benefit package. Multi-specialty group that...
04.24.2019
This physician will join Community Physician Network, a multispecialty group with over 1,000 providers in Central Indiana. With an appealing blend of big-city amenities, cosmopolitan style, and communities that boast top-notch school systems, the...
  1. Pediatrician Fairfield, IA Jefferson County Health Center
    Seeking a fulltime Pediatrician to join our JCHC Clinics.
  2. Pediatrician Skowhegan, ME Redington Fairview General Hospital
    Redington Pediatrics 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Physician - Pediatrician Portland, ME MaineHealth
    LincolnHealth Department: MaineHealth LincolnHealth/LMP Family Medicine 11.7188 Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Lincoln Medical Partners is...
  5. Pediatrician, Arlington Pediatric Center Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    PRN 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 community...
  6. Pediatrician Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Join our Easton Pediatrics team as part of Signature Medical Group a multi site, multi specialty physician group just 25 miles from Boston. This unique opportunity includes a patient panel of 1700. The Signature Medical Group Pediatric group...
  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. 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)...
  9. P/D Pediatrician Las Vegas, NV University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
    Position Summary: Responsible for providing direct patient clinical care and managing medical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized, pediatric patients. The Pediatric Hospitalist is a part of the interdisciplinary team to improve efficiency and...
  10. LPG General Pediatrician Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    Will expected to be in call rotation, round at hospital and precept AP.
  11. Opportunity for a Pediatrician for Culpeper, Virginia : Loan Repayment, Signing Bonus and Retention Bonus!! 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)...
  12. Pediatrician, Full Time, INTEGRIS Medical Group, Oklahoma City Metro Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
  13. PHYSICIAN- Pediatric Hospitalist- Fargo, ND Fargo, ND Essentia Health-Fargo
    Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: PHYSICIAN- Pediatric Hospitalist Fargo, North Dakota PRACTICE SPECIFICS Seeking 2 full-time Pediatric Hospitalists as part of the growth within the pediatric inpatient...
  14. PHYSICIAN - Internal Medicine - Jamestown, ND Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: PRACTICE SPECIFICS Seeking an IM/Peds Physician to assume an established Pediatric and IM population. Excellent compensation and benefit package. Multi-specialty group that...
  15. Physician - Pediatrics Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join Community Physician Network, a multispecialty group with over 1,000 providers in Central Indiana. With an appealing blend of big-city amenities, cosmopolitan style, and communities that boast top-notch school systems, the...