Dream Job

By: Trinity LaRue

Pediatric Surgeon

Pediatric surgery is a sub specialty of surgery involving the surgery of fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Education and Training

Education needed

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Training needed

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.Surgeons may be required to work on call for medical emergencies and can face long hours in high-stress environments.

Average Salary

Median wages (2014) $90.00+ hourly, $187,200+ annual

Job Duties/Tasks

  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
  • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.
  • Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.
  • Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.
  • Prescribe preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area.

Knowledge Areas

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, inter-dependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Working Conditions

  1. Appendicitis – a condition in which the appendix is infected or inflamed
  2. Surgical treatment involves removing the appendix through either minimally invasive surgery via laparoscopy or a more traditional surgical method.
  3. Biliary atresia – a condition in which bile, the green or brown liquid produced by the liver, does not empty from the liver due to a congenital malformation
  4. This condition is diagnosed through an ultrasound, liver biopsy and nuclear medicine scan that determine the path bile takes from the liver. Surgery is then performed to reconstruct the bile ducts and reattach them to the liver.
  5. Cancer – we work closely with our colleagues in the pediatric oncology department to conduct surgical procedures for all types of cancers. Learn more about Brenner’s services for children with cancer.


Related Occupations

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Physician assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Registered nurses (RNs)
  • Veterinarians

Why this is my dream job?

This is my dream job because:

  1. I love babies and kids
  2. I think being a surgeon would be fun
  3. I like the human body systems and all the things it does. It's like magic to me.
  4. It has a good pay

Interesting Facts

  • Pediatric surgeons take care of children from the newborn period through the teenage years
  • Becoming a pediatric surgeon requires completion of one of the longest training pathways in the US medical system.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.

Resources Used

  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
  • Surgical lasers or accessories
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
  • Surgical scissors
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories

Essential Questions

  1. What is your dream job?
My dream job is a Pediatric surgeon.
  1. What about it makes it a dream job?
It's a job that I dream about being in the future.