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What Does it Take to Be a Pediatrician?

Example of Pediatrician Job Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.

Daily Life Of a Pediatrician

  • Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.
  • Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Provide consulting services to other physicians.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
  • Monitor patients’ conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.

Pediatrician Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Pediatricians say are important on the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Types of Pediatrician

  • Physician-Pediatrician
  • Chief, General Pediatric Clinic
  • Pediatrician, Active Practice
  • Primary Care Pediatrician
  • Doctor

Pediatrician Job Outlook

There were about 29,600 jobs for Pediatrician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 15.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,500 new jobs for Pediatrician by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,300 positions for Pediatrician per year.


The states with the most job growth for Pediatrician are Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Pediatricians Make A Lot Of Money?

Pediatricians make between $68,860 and $208,000 a year.


Pediatricians who work in Alabama, Alaska, or Iowa, make the highest salaries.

How much do Pediatricians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $220,910
Alaska $268,010
Arizona $151,420
Arkansas $198,660
California $185,910
Colorado $185,770
Connecticut $205,420
Delaware $211,370
District of Columbia $123,020
Florida $153,630
Georgia $181,000
Hawaii $174,390
Idaho $172,080
Illinois $147,250
Indiana $198,100
Iowa $237,030
Kansas $126,740
Kentucky $183,140
Louisiana $156,960
Maine $191,060
Maryland $168,580
Massachusetts $198,340
Michigan $132,310
Minnesota $216,450
Mississippi $258,910
Missouri $209,920
Montana $248,370
Nebraska $156,520
Nevada $258,750
New Hampshire $217,810
New Jersey $188,880
New Mexico $187,980
New York $178,680
North Carolina $175,050
Ohio $162,870
Oregon $198,300
Pennsylvania $162,990
Rhode Island $199,170
South Carolina $155,780
South Dakota $211,230
Tennessee $190,040
Texas $187,350
Utah $240,060
Vermont $163,930
Virginia $198,770
Washington $183,730
Wisconsin $266,160
Wyoming $212,070

Tools & Technologies Used by Pediatricians

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Pediatricians may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Becoming a Pediatrician

Learn what Pediatrician education requirements there are.


How Long Does it Take to Become a Pediatrician?


Who Employs Pediatricians?


Pediatricians work in the following industries:


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