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What does a Pediatrician do?

Do you love children and want to work with them? Do like to help or heal people? Do you think medicine is the field for you? A pediatrician is a physician who specializes in treating children from birth to age eighteen.

Toys for the trade

As a pediatrician you care for infants, children, teenagers, and young adults. In addition, you track their growth and well-being as they progress into adulthood.

You will need the ability to work with a variety of different health care workers, such as nurses, office assistants, other physicians, and other healthcare professionals. You will also need the ability to work with children of all ages, so patience is an important skill to have in the trade.

If you go into private practice, you can create the perfect atmosphere of your choice for the younger age patients.

Higher education to treat younger bodies

To become a pediatrician, you will need four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and then a pediatrician residency which usually runs about three years. Then, you must be licensed in the state you want to practice in.

You can work with children treating normal injuries and illnesses, minor infections, infectious diseases, and immunizations that are common. You can treat children, the way general practitioners treat adults.

Payout for pediatricians

The most needed place for pediatricians is in local and rural areas.

College universities are among the job choices that you may have as a pediatrician, though they pay on the lower end of the scale. Working with a college, you can not only practice medicine, but you can also teach medical students and pediatric residents in the field. Offices of other health practitioners also offer you job opportunities with hospitals and other health care organizations, and can pay a higher rate than the median.

State of employment

This job has a growing rate for openings in the future. California offers the most jobs in the field of pediatrics, followed by Texas, New York and Massachusetts. However, Montana and Nebraska offer the highest pay rates for the job.

You can work toward advancement in the field if you work for a university, to become a department head or a chair, or other administrative position. If you work for a health care office, you can also move to head that office or an administrative position at a hospital or other office.

You can also specialize in pediatric surgery or other serious conditions such as autoimmune disorders and chronic ailments. These specialties can raise your average pay rate, depending on which specialty you decide on.

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