Pediatricians


Overview

Introduction

Pediatricians are physicians who provide health care to infants, children, and adolescents. Typically, a pediatrician meets a new patient soon after birth and takes care of that patient through his or her teenage years. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 28,490 pediatricians employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$183,240

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Residency


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Outgoing

Earnings

Physicians who were still in their residencies earned an average of between $56,126 to $77,642 in the 2018–2019 academic year, according to a survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Pediatricians, while at the low end of the earning scale for specialty physicians, still have among the highest earnings of any occupation in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of...

Work Environment

Pediatricians that are in general practice usually work alone or in partnership with other physicians. Their average workweek is 50 to 60 hours, most of which is spent seeing patients in their offices. They also make hospital rounds to visit any of their patients who have been admitted for treatment or to check on newborn patients and their mothers. Pediatricians spend some time on call, taking...

Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for physicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028. However, job prospects for pediatricians are less favorable, with only 2 percent growth expected during the same timeframe. "New technologies, such as improved information technologies or remote monitoring, are expected to allow physicians ...

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