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.

Job Outlook

As long as the world’s population continues to grow, medical facilities and hospitals will need pediatricians. Infants and children require more specialized care than adults do. They do not develop fully functional immune systems until later in life. Therefore, there will always be a need for doctors that are able to treat children and infants.


Pediatricians who specialize in something for children will be more advanced and have a better salary. For example, a pediatric surgeon can make well over $400,000 a year, while a general pediatrician may bring in between $124,000 to a little over $200,000.


Pediatricians working within a private practice are typically paid more than ones that are employed by a large institution, such as a hospital or medical facility. In addition, those working within a private practice tend to have more flexibility in their schedules They are, however, less likely to take vacation time, as there are fewer doctors available.

Rewards & Challenges

Becoming a pediatrician can be one of the most rewarding jobs, both financially and patient wise. They have the ability to see children grow and help them through sickness. They get to go home every night knowing they have an impact on the next generations. The challenges of this job include dealing with parents and crying kids frequently.