pediatrician

daily tasks: Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns. Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.

work schedule: works 'an average of 50 hours per week. This includes time spent in the office, visiting patients in the hospital, doing paperwork and being on call after-hours. Most pediatricians also take either a 1/2 day or full day off during the week

salary: around $175,000, that of pediatric specialists is typically higher. Pediatricians with at least 3 years experience who are specialized in neurology or oncology/hematology can typically earn up to $250,000, while pediatric surgeons typically earn $400,000-$500,000 a year.

work environment: work in clinics, either on their own or in group practices. Group practices are most common, but sometimes pediatricians will own their own practices or partner with a single other physician. Around 17% of pediatricians work in hospitals and not clinics.

issues/problems that may arise: parent complaints, being physically harmed, office issues, children getting rough

benefits: Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in the care of children. They diagnose, treat and offer preventative guidance on childhood illness, disease and injuries. Pediatricians must earn a doctoral degree in medicine and receive special training in working with kids.

how do they help children and/or families: preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.

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