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

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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
07.01.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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,...
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...
12.13.2019
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a board certified or board eligible Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician to join the family and child oriented outpatient...
12.13.2019
Pediatrician Kennebec Pediatrics, a thriving, well-established practice of MaineGeneral Medical Center, is seeking a board certified or board eligible Pediatrician to join their team. The pediatrician would be joining a team of four...
12.13.2019
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....
12.13.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: Pediatrician, 0.6 FTE Spooner, MN with outreach to Hayward, WI PRACTICE SPECIFICS We are looking for a strong, patient-centered physician that loves small town life! This...
11.20.2019
Description Pediatrician-University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Position Location : Cleveland, Ohio Position Type: Full-time Physician Specialty: Neonatal Medicine...
06.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
02.12.2019
Thank you for your interest in Northwest Floridas leading health care provider Sacred Heart Health System. Northwest Florida is a growing, family-oriented community, offering a mild climate, year-round recreational opportunities and beautiful...
12.13.2019
Mid-Coast Maine Pediatrician Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a Pediatrician to join its large hospital-employed Pediatric Team. Work in a growing full spectrum practice with Physicians and Advanced...
11.07.2019
Full-Time Days, 4-day work week This position is within the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic at Ringgold County Hospital Fast paced, family oriented medical clinic located in Southwest Iowa.  Our team consists of 2 Family Practice...
12.13.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: Pediatrician Duluth, MN PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join 9 Pediatricians and 3 Pediatric NPs in robust practice within large, multi-specialty clinic. Full complement practice...
  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. 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. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a board certified or board eligible Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician to join the family and child oriented outpatient...
  5. Pediatrician - Kennebec Pediatrics Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    Pediatrician Kennebec Pediatrics, a thriving, well-established practice of MaineGeneral Medical Center, is seeking a board certified or board eligible Pediatrician to join their team. The pediatrician would be joining a team of four...
  6. Pediatrician Carroll, IA St. Anthony Regional Hospital
    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....
  7. PHYSICIAN - Pediatrician (0.6 FTE) - Spooner, WI Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: Pediatrician, 0.6 FTE Spooner, MN with outreach to Hayward, WI PRACTICE SPECIFICS We are looking for a strong, patient-centered physician that loves small town life! This...
  8. Pediatrician- Neonatology-UHMG Shaker Heights, OH University Hospitals
    Description Pediatrician-University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Position Location : Cleveland, Ohio Position Type: Full-time Physician Specialty: Neonatal Medicine...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Primary Care Pediatrician Knoxville, TN East Tennessee Children's Hospital
  12. Physician-Pediatrician-Full-time Panama City, FL Bay Medical Sacred Heart
    Thank you for your interest in Northwest Floridas leading health care provider Sacred Heart Health System. Northwest Florida is a growing, family-oriented community, offering a mild climate, year-round recreational opportunities and beautiful...
  13. Pediatric Physician Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Mid-Coast Maine Pediatrician Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a Pediatrician to join its large hospital-employed Pediatric Team. Work in a growing full spectrum practice with Physicians and Advanced...
  14. Family Practice Physician Mount Ayr, IA Ringgold County Hospital
    Full-Time Days, 4-day work week This position is within the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic at Ringgold County Hospital Fast paced, family oriented medical clinic located in Southwest Iowa.  Our team consists of 2 Family Practice...
  15. PHYSICIAN - Pediatrics - Duluth, MN Fargo, ND Essentia Health - Fargo
    Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: Pediatrician Duluth, MN PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join 9 Pediatricians and 3 Pediatric NPs in robust practice within large, multi-specialty clinic. Full complement practice...