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All About Pediatricians

Career Description Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.

Life As a Pediatrician

  • Conduct research to study anatomy and develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
  • Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.
  • Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.

Things a Pediatrician Should Know How to Do

These are the skills Pediatricians say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Other Pediatrician Job Titles

  • Baby Doctor
  • Primary Care Pediatrician
  • Pediatrician
  • Chief, General Pediatric Clinic
  • Pediatrist

Job Opportunities for Pediatricians

There were about 29,600 jobs for Pediatrician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 15.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,500 new jobs for Pediatrician by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,300 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Pediatrician are Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Pediatricians Salary

Pediatricians make between $68,860 and $208,000 a year.

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Pediatricians who work in Alabama, Alaska, or Iowa, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Pediatricians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $220,910
Alaska $268,010
Arizona $151,420
Arkansas $198,660
California $185,910
Colorado $185,770
Connecticut $205,420
Delaware $211,370
District of Columbia $123,020
Florida $153,630
Georgia $181,000
Hawaii $174,390
Idaho $172,080
Illinois $147,250
Indiana $198,100
Iowa $237,030
Kansas $126,740
Kentucky $183,140
Louisiana $156,960
Maine $191,060
Maryland $168,580
Massachusetts $198,340
Michigan $132,310
Minnesota $216,450
Mississippi $258,910
Missouri $209,920
Montana $248,370
Nebraska $156,520
Nevada $258,750
New Hampshire $217,810
New Jersey $188,880
New Mexico $187,980
New York $178,680
North Carolina $175,050
Ohio $162,870
Oregon $198,300
Pennsylvania $162,990
Rhode Island $199,170
South Carolina $155,780
South Dakota $211,230
Tennessee $190,040
Texas $187,350
Utah $240,060
Vermont $163,930
Virginia $198,770
Washington $183,730
Wisconsin $266,160
Wyoming $212,070

What Tools do Pediatricians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Pediatricians may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

How to Become a Pediatrician

Are there Pediatricians education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Pediatrician?

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Who Employs Pediatricians?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Pediatricians employed by various industries.

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