Peditrician

Breanna Clark

Daily Activities

  • Treat children who have illnesses, health problems, and other medical concerns.
  • Examine children to chart growth and development or diagnose conditions.
  • Order or perform tests to find out about patients' health.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient medical history and exam results.
  • Provide consultation services to other doctors. Refer patients to specialists when necessary.
  • Prescribe or give medication, therapy, or vaccinations to children.
  • Operate on patients to improve their health.
  • Supervise nurses and other medical staff.
  • Plan and operate medical care programs that benefit children.
  • Research and study new ways to prevent or control diseases.
  • Prepare medical reports on birth, death, and disease statistics.
  • Attend conferences to stay current on medical information.


Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They constantly talk with patients, parents, and medical staff.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of their patients and the people they supervise.
  • Are responsible for the work outcomes of the staff they supervise.
  • Often are placed in conflict situations in which patients and family members may be unpleasant or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Work daily with patients who have diseases or infections.
  • Wear protective clothing weekly such as masks, gloves, or apron.
  • Work physically near patients.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate in performing their job. This is very important because very serious mistakes could risk patients' health.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities, especially when performing exams.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that substantially impact patients and their families.
  • Make nearly all their decisions and set their daily tasks and goals independently.

Hours/Travel

  • Work more than 40 hours per week.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
  • May travel between office and hospital to visit patients.
  • Work on the weekends and nights when on-call.

Wages

$181,270 Per Year

Preperation

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • have a bachelor's degree;
  • graduate from medical school;
  • complete an internship;
  • pass a state licensing exam;
  • complete a residency program in pediatrics; and
  • pass additional exams to become board certified.
A Day in the Life - Pediatrician

Important skills and abilities

Communicate

  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand spoken information.
  • Listen to others and ask questions.
  • Understand written information.

Reason and Problem Solve

  • Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.

Use Math and Science

  • Use scientific methods to solve problems.

Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things

  • Check how well one is learning or doing something.
  • Manage the time of self and others.
  • Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work.

Work with People

  • Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.
  • Look for ways to help people.
  • Use several methods to learn or teach new things.
  • Change behavior in relation to others’ actions.

Work with Things

  • Analyze needs and requirements when designing products.

Perceive and Visualize

  • Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.

Recommended Classes

Electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Computer Applications
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Foreign Language
  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Business

Core Classes

    • Math
    • Science