Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-1.6% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Pediatricians Do

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

Other Job Titles Pediatricians May Have

Developmental Pediatrician, Emergency Room Pediatrician (ER Pediatrician), General Pediatrician, Group Practice Pediatrician, Medical Doctor (MD), Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Pediatric Physician, Pediatrician, Physician, Primary Care Pediatrician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Pediatric Department Vice-Chair ,

Medical Center Hospital

On an average day, I care for a good mix of happy and not so happy children. I treat patients ages from 0-18 so the things I encounter and the challenges I face change on a day to day basis. Because pediatric patients tend to be more fragile than adult patients, my charting and prescriptions have to be much more specific, so I spend a lot of time doing that. When I am treating a patient, I focus on their whole being rather than just their symptoms.

Pediatrician ,

Kaiser Permanente

My days are a little hectic right now because I have a 1 year old child. So, I start my day early and drop him off at daycare. My work day starts at 830am and I work till about 530pm. I end up seeing about 25 patients a day where I do everything from conducting routine physicals, treating fevers, and even seeing children with serious illnesses. A good day at work is when you see healthy kids, but I am always prepared to deal with the serious cases that can come through the door.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.
  • Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
  • Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
  • Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
  • Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.

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