My career as a Pediatrician

By Fatima Lopez

Job of a pediatrician

Pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development - in good health or in illness. They take care of babies and kids of any age and they treat them very gently to prevent illnesses and diseases.

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A Day in the Life - Pediatrician

Education / Training ;

Percentage of Respondents

· Education Level Required


Doctoral or professional degree


Associate's degree


Master's degree

Skills / Ability :

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.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Environment :

Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?

Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Salary Range :

Median wages (2012)

$74.35 hourly, $154,650 annual

Fun Facts :

Pediatrics is a relatively new medical field. Pediatricians are usually associated with the general practice of medicine, but many pediatricians specialize in cardiology, immunology, rheumatology, endocrinology or other medical fields

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