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.
09.05.2018
Mayo Clinic Health System is seeking a Pediatrician to join our team to provide ambulatory care in our Mankato Pediatric Clinic and Pediatric Outreach Clinics in Southwest Minnesota. The pediatric inpatient practice is served by a separate team...
09.20.2018
Developmental Pediatrician Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks an additional Developmental Pediatrician to join our interdisciplinary team, which currently includes 1.5 FTE Developmental Pediatricians, 3 Clinical Psychologists, and...
09.20.2018
Developmental Pediatrician Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks an additional Developmental Pediatrician to join our interdisciplinary team, which currently includes 1.5 FTE Developmental Pediatricians, 3 Clinical Psychologists, and...
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...
09.21.2018
Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a full time BC/BE Pediatric Physician to join their team in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine. LincolnHealth is a full-service...
09.11.2018
The Department of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Pediatrician to join our Primary Care Pediatric Practice. The primary care practice consists of 23 physicians and...
08.13.2018
We are currently seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Pediatrician to join our team to provide inpatient and outpatient care to our large pediatric population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau 36% of our population is under 19...
09.21.2018
Nationwide Children's Hospital is seeking a full-time, board eligible/certified Pediatrician to join our community practice, Pediatric Associates of Springfield, located in Springfield, OH. Pediatricians working at this community practice will be...
05.03.2018
The Department of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking a Pediatrician to join our Primary Care Pediatric Practice in a temporary, one-year position, starting in Summer 2018. The primary care practice...
09.21.2018
The Division of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine is seeking talented pediatricians to provide direct patient care at Nationwide Childrens...
09.21.2018
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...
08.13.2018
We are a midsize town in the Midwest is seeking a Family Medicine physician to join our team! Opened in February 2017, due to the growth in our patient volumes, our 15th Street Family Care Center is home to our Family Practice and Pediatrician...
09.21.2018
PART-TIME PEDIATRICIAN Maine Medical Partners Pediatrics is seeking a part-time BC/BE Pediatrician for one of their well-established outpatient practices in the greater Portland, Maine area. Duties include mostly outpatient care, with...
09.21.2018
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...
  1. Pediatrician Fairfield, IA Jefferson County Health Center
    Seeking a fulltime Pediatrician to join our JCHC Clinics.
  2. Pediatrician Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    Mayo Clinic Health System is seeking a Pediatrician to join our team to provide ambulatory care in our Mankato Pediatric Clinic and Pediatric Outreach Clinics in Southwest Minnesota. The pediatric inpatient practice is served by a separate team...
  3. Developmental Pediatrician Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Developmental Pediatrician Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks an additional Developmental Pediatrician to join our interdisciplinary team, which currently includes 1.5 FTE Developmental Pediatricians, 3 Clinical Psychologists, and...
  4. Developmental Pediatrician Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Developmental Pediatrician Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks an additional Developmental Pediatrician to join our interdisciplinary team, which currently includes 1.5 FTE Developmental Pediatricians, 3 Clinical Psychologists, and...
  5. 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...
  6. Physician - Pediatrician Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a full time BC/BE Pediatric Physician to join their team in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine. LincolnHealth is a full-service...
  7. Academic Primary Care Pediatrician Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Pediatrician to join our Primary Care Pediatric Practice. The primary care practice consists of 23 physicians and...
  8. Inpatient/ Outpatient Pediatrician Opportunity Liberal, KS Southwest Medical Center
    We are currently seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Pediatrician to join our team to provide inpatient and outpatient care to our large pediatric population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau 36% of our population is under 19...
  9. Pediatrician - Pediatric Associates of Springfield Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Nationwide Children's Hospital is seeking a full-time, board eligible/certified Pediatrician to join our community practice, Pediatric Associates of Springfield, located in Springfield, OH. Pediatricians working at this community practice will be...
  10. Primary Care Pediatrician (Temporary 1 Year) Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking a Pediatrician to join our Primary Care Pediatric Practice in a temporary, one-year position, starting in Summer 2018. The primary care practice...
  11. General Pediatrician- Urgent Care/Emergency Department Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
    The Division of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine is seeking talented pediatricians to provide direct patient care at Nationwide Childrens...
  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. Family Care Center Seeking Family Medicine Physician Liberal, KS Southwest Medical Center
    We are a midsize town in the Midwest is seeking a Family Medicine physician to join our team! Opened in February 2017, due to the growth in our patient volumes, our 15th Street Family Care Center is home to our Family Practice and Pediatrician...
  14. Physician-Portland Pediatrics Portland, ME MaineHealth
    PART-TIME PEDIATRICIAN Maine Medical Partners Pediatrics is seeking a part-time BC/BE Pediatrician for one of their well-established outpatient practices in the greater Portland, Maine area. Duties include mostly outpatient care, with...
  15. 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...