Pediatrician: a medical practitioner specializing in children and their diseases. They work with and care for infants, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents.
Daily Tasks: the daily tasks of a pediatrician include administering vaccinations, treating illnesses, performing wellness checkups, making hospital rounds, checking test results, returning phone calls and writing prescriptions. Some will also go to emergency rooms to see patients who need immediate medical attention.
Work Schedule: the average pediatrician 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 a full day off during the week.
Salary: your salary will vary from different specialties that you are in within the field. The average salary for a pediatrician is around $175,000. Though that of a pediatric specialists is typically higher.
Work Environment: they usually work in a well-lit, clean, sterile and properly maintained clinical office setting. They work in hospitals, schools, government organizations, and urgent care settings. They work with and care for infants, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents.
Issues/Problems that may arise: some parents may take a position that you do not necessarily think is the best way to go about the issue, you may not think that it is in the child's best interest. Some parents believe that since it is their child you are caring for, that you have to share the child's information. When it comes to information, the child's information needs to stay confidential.
Benefits: flexible hours; days and, nights, and weekends available; paid time off for full-time and part-time stuff; paid holidays; retirement plan; health, dental vision, life and short term disability; direct payroll deposit.
How the Help: pediatricians work with infants to the age of adolescents. They diagnose their patients and write prescriptions to help the child/children get better.
Education: most need to obtain a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Some may also practice general pediatrics, both require four years of medical school and 3-8 years of internships and residencies.
Work Skills: reading comprehension, active listening, writing, speaking, science, critical thinking, active learning, and knowing different medications.