Being a Pediatrician
By: Taylor Cary
Education & Training
*After graduating high school, the first level of schooling to become a pediatrician includes earning a four-year degree, also known as a bachelor’s degree. During these four years, there are key classes that are needed to take in preparation for medical school. These classes include higher-level science courses, as well as biochemistry classes required for all pre-med students.
*Once the bachelor’s degree is completed, the student is required to attend medical school for four years.
*Lastly, the graduate is required to complete a three-year residency. During this time, the graduate will work in a live medical setting such as a hospital or doctor’s office. This allows the graduate to get hands on training while being monitored by licensed and experienced doctors.
*Pediatricians first start earning a salary during their residencies; this typically ranges from $30,000 to $45,000. In the first year of work, a pediatrician will earn an annual salary that can range from $90,000 per year to $130,000 per year.
*Between five and nine years of experience, pediatrician salaries start to increase to an average range of $100,000-$145,000 per year.
*From 10 to 19 years of experience, salary levels for pediatricians rise to $108,000-$150,000 per year. Salaries for pediatricians who have worked for more than 20 years can make $160,000 per year or more.