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Become A Pediatrician

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Working As A Pediatrician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $107,293

    Average Salary

What Does A Pediatrician Do

A Pediatrician diagnoses and treats children’s injuries and diseases. They examine patients and maintain records such as medical history, reports, and examination results.

How To Become A Pediatrician

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Pediatrician Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Ukrainian

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Turkish

  • Slovak

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Urdu

  • Korean

  • Gujarati

  • Cheyenne

  • Italian

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Real Pediatrician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pediatrician East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $292,180
Pediatrician Children's Community Care, Inc. Sewickley, PA Jul 01, 2015 $260,875
Pediatrician Mayo Clinic Rice Lake, WI Jul 09, 2016 $253,300
Pediatrician E.A. Hawse Health Center, Inc. Moorefield, WV Feb 10, 2016 $248,000
Pediatrician Mayo Clinic Mankato, MN Jan 05, 2015 $232,232
Pediatrician Group Health Plan, Inc. White Bear Lake, MN Jun 13, 2015 $232,012
Pediatrician Good Shepherd Medical Center Hermiston, OR Oct 24, 2016 $230,000
Pediatrician HSHS Medical Group, Inc. Decatur, IL Jul 01, 2015 $230,000
Pediatrician Mayo Clinic Eau Claire, WI Jan 20, 2016 $230,000
Pediatrician Ozarks Medical Center West Plains, MO Aug 25, 2016 $226,408
Pediatrician Sanford Clinic North Bemidji, MN Mar 21, 2016 $225,000
Pediatrician Sanford Clinic North Bagley, MN Feb 27, 2015 $225,000
Pediatrician Sanford Clinic North Bemidji, MN Apr 15, 2015 $225,000
Pediatrician Indiana Health Centers, Inc. Kokomo, IN May 15, 2016 $184,000
Pediatrician Indiana Health Centers, Inc. Peru, IN May 15, 2016 $184,000
Pediatrician-ER Department of Hospital Emergency Pediatric Services Pa Boynton Beach, FL Jan 07, 2016 $183,505
Pediatrician Family Healthcare Network Goshen, CA Jun 20, 2016 $183,000 -
Pediatrician Family Healthcare Network Goshen, CA May 15, 2016 $183,000 -
Pediatrician Family Healthcare Network Visalia, CA Jan 07, 2016 $182,865
Pediatrician Mott Children's Health Center Flint, MI Nov 10, 2016 $161,826
Pediatrician Shahid Mansoor Md, A Professional Medical Corp. Alexandria, LA Aug 31, 2015 $161,491
Pediatrician Shahid Mansoor Md, A Professional Medical Corp. Marksville, LA Aug 31, 2015 $161,491
Pediatrician Foothill Health Center San Jose, CA Jul 30, 2016 $160,524
Pediatrician Foothill Health Center, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 30, 2016 $160,524
Pediatrician Senatobia Children's Clinic PC Senatobia, MS Feb 11, 2016 $160,000
Pediatrician Pediatric Partners, LLC Fremont, NE Jan 12, 2015 $160,000
Pediatrician Saltzman, Tanis, Pittell, Levin & Jacobson Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL Jun 02, 2015 $160,000

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Top Skills for A Pediatrician


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Top Pediatrician Skills

  1. Pediatric Patients
  2. Pediatric Clinic
  3. Emergency Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided primary health care services to pediatric patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Provided Pediatric coverage for the Ireland Army Hospital Pediatric clinic.
  • Evaluate newborns in regular nursery and discharge them.
  • Assist pediatricians by assessing patient needs and providing initial patient care.
  • Performed physical examination and provided advice on nutrition for children.

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