By Marjoya Smith

What they do ?

Pediatricians focus on the physical, emotional, and social health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to 21 years.


  • Hospital
  • Offices for group practice

How do you become one ?

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Four Years of Medical School
  • Three-Year Residency
  • hands-on training


  • works 54 hours a week, with most of that time in direct patient care
  • sees 95 patients a week
  • works in a group practice (only 10% of Pediatricians are in solo practice)
  • is either self employed (47%) or are employees of a group practice or hospital
  • works in an urban area
  • has a mean income of $139,600 a year

Job outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published studies regularly on the need for physicians and surgeons. According to their statistics, Pediatricians will see a 22% increase in jobs from 2008-2018

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