Pediatric Oncologist

Nicole Jimenez

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Job Description

Pediatric Oncologists are physicians who treat infant, child and adolescent patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders.

Duties and Responsibilities

Some duties and responsibilities for Pediatric Oncologists are:
  • Make Diagnoses
  • Prescribe Treatments
  • Order Diagnostic Tests
  • Have to Examine Patients
  • Are able to counsel parents and family
  • Are able to work full time - long, irregular, and overnight hours

  • Travel between their offices and hospitals to care for their patients
  • Often have a treatment team with other physicians and healthcare workers

Education Requirements

Education Requirements for a Pediatric Oncologist are:

  • Degree Field - Medicine

  • Residency and Fellowship

  • Doctor or Medicine Degree

  • Degree Level: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy

  • Complete 4 Years of Medical School

  • Complete 4 Years of Undergraduate School

  • Good in General Computer Skills and Healthcare-Specific Applications and Hardware

  • Complete Undergraduate Work in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English

  • Be an Excellent Communicator, Detail-Oriented, Empathetic, Patient and Well Organized

  • Takes on Average 3 to 8 Years in Internship and Residency Programs: Depends on your specialty

Job Outlook

The employment of physicians and surgeons is said to grow 18% from 2012 to 2022 - faster than any other occupation. BIG INCREASE!

Salary and Work Environment


$175,000 A Year - Average Salary for Pediatricians.

$250,000 A Year - Pediatricians who have at least 3 Years Experience and are Specialized in Neurology or Oncology/Hematology can earn up to $250,000

$400,000 - $500,000 A Year: Pediatric Surgeons

Work Environment:

  • Practice in a Hospital Setting

  • May stand for a long period of time

  • Most work in private offices or clinics

  • When in the Hospital - In the Pediatric Oncology Unit

  • Can work in teaching at hospitals as Instructors or Professors

Related Courses and Experience


  • Shadowing a Doctor

  • Volunteer in a Medical Setting

  • Working in a Lab or in Medical Research

Two Related Courses That You Can Take To Be A Pediatric Oncologist are:

  • Medical Career - The curriculum covers the topics of Medical Terminology, Infection Control, Vital Signs, Medical Ethics, Applied Math, Interpersonal Communication, and Vocational Planning. This would be beneficial because it’s obviously about medicine and it will teach you the basics of the Medical Field.

  • Anatomy and Physiology - Anatomy and Physiology is a year-long course that explores the Structure and Function of the Major Systems of the Human Body. This will be beneficial because you will be learning more about the Human Body than you already know.