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What does a Pediatrician do?

Pediatricians specialize in the treatment and medical care of children from ages newborn through adolescence, as well as young adults. They diagnose and treat conditions specific to young children and young adults and treat illnesses, care for minor injuries, and treat infectious disease.

Pediatricians keep track of the physical, behavioral, and mental health in young patients, and they address concerns and issues they experience. As providers of general medical care, they monitor patients’ growth and developmental milestones. They are responsible for examining young patients and for creating and tracking their medical history. They also diagnose and treat illness, medical conditions, and injuries in patients and work to ease the lives of children living with chronic conditions. Pediatricians also advise parents and guardians on their children’s health, safety, and nutritional needs, as well as fitness goals. They can prescribe medicine and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests for their patients, and they administer vaccines. Some specialize in pediatric surgery and operations or in the treatment of serious medical conditions, ailments, or afflictions including autoimmune disease or chronic illness. Pediatricians need a medical degree and three years residency.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
22%
2 - 4
26%
5 - 7
2%
8+
50%

Common Skill Sets

Graduate Medical Education
Coconut
CPR
Written Communication
Strong WORK Ethic
Essbase
Faxing
Dressing

Pediatrician Seniority Levels

Primary Care Physician
11% made the transition
Family Medicine Physician
2% made the transition
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Pediatrician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$171,720 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$126K
Median: $172K
$251K
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