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.

What responsibilities are common for Pediatrician jobs?
  • Fully responsible for the management and services including budgeting, planning, recruiting and fiscal management.
  • Monitor the quality and appropriateness of all services provided by staff to ensure compliance and client satisfaction while ensuring adequate staff education, training and evaluation.
  • Stay abreast of industry and community trends and referral opportunities.
  • Demonstrated record of goal achievement and of successfully taking on increased responsibility with positive results.
  • Ambition to grow and advance beyond current position and responsibilities.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, academy events, and parent meetings as requested.
  • Direct activities of other staff to ensure office functions in an orderly manner.
  • Communicate appropriate information to parents and maintain developmental profiles for children.
  • Maintain family information board and other bulletin boards.
What are the typical qualifications for Pediatrician jobs?
  • Medical Degree and specialty and experience working in pediatrics.
  • Experience with Microsoft Vista, email, operating systems, and computing programming.
  • Fluent in HIPAA regulations and protocols.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver with a willingness to collaborate in high-stress environments.
  • Fluent in writing protocols and their application as needed for logbooks, etc.
  • Can advocate for patients and family members where appropriate.
  • A leader with sound time management skills.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Pediatrician make near United States?

$251,755 /yr
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Pediatrician Insights

Read what Pediatrician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
School District of Clayton (MO)School District of Clayton (MO)
Kidzone Staff (Childcare)
May 23, 2023

“Concrete schedule and is great for people looking to pursue a career in eduation”

Jul 5, 2023

“light work and flexible schedule”

Albert Einstein Healthcare NetworkAlbert Einstein Healthcare Network
Aug 18, 2021

“Treat medicine as a business first”

Aug 5, 2021

“great employer to work for”

Kidzone Staff (Childcare)
Jan 3, 2022

“Good team to work with”

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Local Childcare Consultant (LCC)
Sep 7, 2022

“Pay was good for an LCC role”

Jul 8, 2023

“Low base salary for doctors”

UT Southwestern Medical CenterUT Southwestern Medical Center
Nov 7, 2021

“excellent work life balance”

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