Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
Related job titles:
Medical Doctor (MD), Physician, Pediatrician, General Pediatrician, Group Practice Pediatrician, Primary Care Pediatrician
Annual Median Wage: $158,170
Projected growth: Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents.
Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
Provide consulting services to other physicians.
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.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Source: O*NET OnLine information for Pediatricians, General.