Career Description

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children and adolescents until the age of 21. The doctors that specializes in this branch is a Pediatrician.

Pediatricians manage the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their patients. They are usually focused on the physical well-being, they are also involved in the prevention, early detection and management of  other problems that affect the patient.     

Educational Requirement

In order to be a pediatrician, a person must have earned a bachelor degree and a medical degree, then get a state issued medical license and become board certified. Below is a video of  Mark MacBayne explaining how to become a pediatrician.

What a day in the life of a Pediatrician is like.

Required Skills

There are four skills that are required to work in the pediatric field. 1. 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. 2. Critical Thinking. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 3. Speaking. Talking to others to convey information effectively. 4. Active Learning. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Medscape's Pediatrician Compensation Report: 2013 says the average pediatrician salary is $173,000 a year. The salary of pediatrician specialist is higher, some starting $395,000 a year.

Future Outlook

The employment of pediatricians has risen 3.9% in the past year. There has been a significant rise in demand for pediatrician and it looks like it will continue to grow.


Pediatricians have very flexible career options. There is also very high pay that comes with this career choice.

Similar Careers

Since a pediatrician is child's doctor most careers in the medical field bare the same requirements.

Why This Career?

I'm a very indecisive person but even through all my job choices being a pediatrician has always been on my mind ever since the fifth grade. Also the pay is really good.

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