What does a Pediatrician do?

Pediatricians specialize in the treatment and medical care of children from ages newborn through adolescence, as well as young adults. They diagnose and treat conditions specific to young children and young adults and treat illnesses, care for minor injuries, and treat infectious disease.

Pediatricians keep track of the physical, behavioral, and mental health in young patients, and they address concerns and issues they experience. As providers of general medical care, they monitor patients’ growth and developmental milestones. They are responsible for examining young patients and for creating and tracking their medical history. They also diagnose and treat illness, medical conditions, and injuries in patients and work to ease the lives of children living with chronic conditions. Pediatricians also advise parents and guardians on their children’s health, safety, and nutritional needs, as well as fitness goals. They can prescribe medicine and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests for their patients, and they administer vaccines. Some specialize in pediatric surgery and operations or in the treatment of serious medical conditions, ailments, or afflictions including autoimmune disease or chronic illness. Pediatricians need a medical degree and three years residency.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Pediatrician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$184,235 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Pediatrician Career Path

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Pediatrician Insights

Read what Pediatrician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Bronx-Lebanon HospitalBronx-Lebanon Hospital
Attending Physician/Pediatrician
Sep. 23, 2020

“starting salaries are good for academic institution in New York City but don't expect for it to go up.”

California Conservation CorpsCalifornia Conservation Corps
Feb. 6, 2021

“it is really fun and helpful”

Oct. 10, 2020

“Good money good job nice”

UMass Memorial HealthUMass Memorial Health
Pediatric Resident
Dec. 14, 2020

“Amazing learning and teaching opportunities.”

The HartfordThe Hartford
Jan. 9, 2021

“Good pay good weekly hours”

Aug. 5, 2021

“great employer to work for”

Kidzone Staff (Childcare)
Jan. 3, 2022

“Good team to work with”

Albert Einstein Healthcare NetworkAlbert Einstein Healthcare Network
Aug. 18, 2021

“Treat medicine as a business first”

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