Nature of the work
A pediatrician is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. The pediatrician deals with biological, social, and environmental influences on the developing child, and with the impact of disease and dysfunction on development.
Pediatricians can receive training in the following subspecialties:
Adolescent MedicineDevelopmental-Behavioral PediatricsHospice and Palliative MedicineMedical ToxicologyNeonatal-Perinatal MedicineNeurodevelopmental DisabilitiesPediatric CardiologyPediatric Critical Care MedicinePediatric Emergency MedicinePediatric EndocrinologyPediatric GastroenterologyPediatric Hematology-OncologyPediatric Infectious DiseasesPediatric NephrologyPediatric PulmonologyPediatric RheumatologyPediatric Sports MedicinePediatric Transplant HepatologySleep Medicine
Following graduation from medical school, pediatricians complete 3 years of education in a pediatric residency program. The 3-year residency includes mandated rotations in general pediatrics, normal newborn care, and time in selected subspecialty areas. Up to 3 additional years of training are required to be certified in a subspecialty.
The annual salary for pediatricians ranges from $160,111 to $228,750.