Daily Tasks- Administering vaccines, treating illnesses, wellness checkups, checking test results, returning phone calls and writing prescriptions
Work Schedule- Work for about 50 hours a week and talk at least a half a day or even a full day off during the workweek
Salary- Around $175,000
Work Environment- Most work in clinics either on their own or with a group practice. Only about 17% of pediatricians work in hospital settings rather than clinics. Their work environments are usually well-lit, sterile and comfortable.
Issues/problems that may arise- Most pediatrician do have a possibility of being physically harmed during their work day. Small kids do not know their strength and when there is a needle or anything that makes them feel uncomfortable coming at them they can get rough and possibly hurt their parents, the doctor, nurses and even themselves. Pediatricians also see some kids with home issues that come through their offices. For the doctor them self it is all a call of their judgement but some can fear that the parents or guardians may come after them if they file a report.
Benefits- 15 days of vacation a year. Paid paternity/maternity leave. Free $50,000 life insurance policy. Free disability insurance. 9 paid days of sick leave. 5 days of conference leave a year with paid travel expenses. 9 paid holidays off with 2 floating paid holidays off tacked on.
How do they help children and/or families?- Pediatricians help do common wellness checkups, can help diagnose illnesses and even write prescriptions.
Education- First four years of college with a Bachelors, then four years of medical school where they will be considered a medical student and finally at the lowest three and at the highest 7 years of general pediatric training as an intern/resident.
Work Skills- Pediatricians need to be well developed in all their fields of work. The following are work skills that a pediatrician needs to excel in reading comprehension, active listening, writing, speaking, science, critical thinking, active learning and learning strategies.