For most parents, these are the white knights of health-care professionals. You bring a sick, miserable child into a pediatrician's office thinking the worst. You leave feeling better, regardless of how your child might feel because your child's physician has reassured you that everything will be just fine. That's the magic of the pediatrician.
What They Do
Education and Qualifications
Following graduation from medical school, pediatricians must complete 3 years of education in a pediatric residency program. The 3-year residency includes mandated rotations in general pediatrics, normal newborn care, and time in selected subspecialty areas. Up to 3 additional years of training are required to be certified in a subspecialty.
Demand and Compensation
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pediatrician positions will grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2018. They also predict the retirement of many experienced pediatricians. Open positions should outnumber applicants, especially in rural and low-income areas.
BLS estimates that general pediatricians earned an average of $153,370 in 2008.
Spotlight On: Pediatricians
If you love kids, a career involving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of children's diseases and injuries may be for you.