Pediatrician Career

A pediatrician career revolves around the care and treatment of infants, young children as well as teenagers.  A pediatrician deals with health issues and conditions that affect them.  The tasks of a pediatrician include vaccine and injection administration, recommending medications, check-ups, health assessment and evaluation, counseling parents and patients, monitor health condition and progress, treat minor to serious injuries and health conditions, perform operation procedures, and diagnose health issues.

A pediatrician is also tasked to review, analyze and keep medical records, interpret lab results and tests, plan and implement medical programs, research on a specific health condition, and coordinate with other medical staff.

How to become a Pediatrician

Aside from love for children, an aspiring pediatrician must undergo a long and tedious training as well as education.  One must earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or any other pre-med field.  Gain relevant experience through volunteer work at a hospital or clinic.  One must then complete four years of medical school.

One must also complete an internship or residency as a pediatric intern/resident.  Take and pass the national exam required for medical professionals.  Obtain a license and certification to be able to practice as a pediatrician. One must also become a member of professional associations.  If one desires to specialize, one is to take at least 3 more years of training.

Pediatrician Courses, training, programs

A medical degree prepares an aspiring pediatrician for the demands of this type of career.  Through the program one learns about various areas such as biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, nutrition, community health, statistics, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, histology, cell biology, bioethics, neuroscience, medical genetics, medical immunology, and medical parasitology.  Through the program, one is able to gain practical skills and experience as well.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Harvard University, Massachusetts

University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Duke University, North Carolina

Pediatrician Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A pediatrician may earn from $135,000 to $270,000 per year depending on the work location, specialization, experience, and benefits.  One may work in hospitals or have his own private clinic.

Category: Medical Careers

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