A Career as a Pediatrician
Career Goal - Pediatrician
Pediatricians treat the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to 21 years. Pediatricians specialize in caring for children. They can provide primary care taking care of children's general needs, or they can specialize in something where they might treat children with cancer or heart problems. Pediatricians check their patients growth weight and development. They give immunizations to prevent many future illnesses. Pediatricians also educate the parents of patients on how to keep their children healthy. They talk to them about exercise, hygiene, and eating healthy. They help families choose a safer option if more than one treatment option is available for the child. The monitor a patients condition to make sure that they can make the right treatment changes if necessary.
Pediatricians assign tasks to nurses and health care workers and they communicate with many different health care professionals. Pediatricians keep detailed records about each patient, and write reports for insurance companies and government agencies that collect data on births and deaths. Many pediatricians are primary care physicians. Pediatricians see the same patients regularily, and if it is needed they send patients to health care specialists for testing or treatment, especially especially for surgical procedures.
Pediatricians are required to to update their skills regularly because of advances in medicine.
Career Skills and Interests
Pediatricians need to
- Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing.
- Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.
- Read and understand work-related materials.
Reason and Problem Solve
- Combine pieces of information and draw conclusions.
- Analyze ideas and use logic to find their strengths and weaknesses.
- Notice when something is wrong or could to go wrong.
- Judge the costs and benefits of an action.
- Use reasoning to find answers to problems.
- Understand new information by studying and working with it.
- Develop rules or follow guidelines combining items in different ways.
- Identify problems and review information.
- Develop, review, and apply solutions.
- Concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task.
- Figure out how a system should work.
- Study how changes in conditions affect outcomes.
- Identify ways to measure and improve system performance.
- Make sense of information that seems without meaning or organization.
- Think of new ideas and original or creative ways to solve problems.
Use Math and Science
- Use math and science skills to solve problems.
Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things
- Check how well one is learning or doing something.
- Manage the time of self and others.
- Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work.
Work with People
- Be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them.
- Look for ways to help people.
- Use several methods to learn or teach new things.
- Persuade others to approach things differently.
Work with Things
- Analyze needs and requirements when designing products.
Perceive and Visualize
- Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.
Career Working Conditions
Pediatricians have a high level of social interaction. They are always talking to patients, parents, and other physicians. They are responsible for the health and safety of all of their patients. They need to work as part of a team and be able to work together.
Pediatricians always work indoors. They work with patients who have diseases or infections. Pediatricians must wear protective clothing because they are always working physically near patients.
Pediatricians must be very exact and accurate because mistakes could risk patients lives. They make decisions daily that have a large impact on patients and their families.
Pediatricians work more than 40 hours a week and usually work a set schedule. They typically work on weekends and are on call during the nights.
Career Wages and Outlook
The average wage for a pediatrician annually is $168,650.00.
Wages vary by employer, years of experience, and hours that they work. Self- employed pediatricians usually make more then those that are not self-employed.
Pediatricians typically receive benefits. Benefits usually include sick leave, paid vacation, health insurance, and a retirement plan.
Career Related Occupations
- Health Science
- Dental Assistants
- Home Health Aides
- Medical Assistants
- Registered Nurses
Career Program of Study- Emergency Medical Care
Emergency Medical Care programs teach people how to rescue others and save lives. Students are taught how to respond to an emergency call. They learn how to give medical care under supervision of physicians. Students at a basic level can help out EMTs. Students at an advanced level can be EMTs or paramedics.
All programs also require CPR certification, with basic first aid training. Must have field experience either working as an EMT or assisting an EMT.
- Algebra/Advanced Mathematics
- Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
- Computer Science
- English Composition
- General Chemistry with Lab
- Organic Chemistry
- Public Speaking
- Social Sciences
High School Courses
- Health Education
- Health and Fitness
- Community Health
- Safety and First Aid
- Drivers' Education
- Emergency Medical Technology
- Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Physical Education
Program Typical Coursework
This program has courses that are in these subjects
- Ambulance Operating
- Bandaging and Splinting
- Cardiac Life Support
- Crash Victim Auto Extrication
- Geriatric Life Support
- Human Anatomy
- Human Systems for Assessment
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Medical Emergency Care
- Medical Terminology
- Oxygen Usage
- Patient Assessment
- Pediatric Life Support
- Pre-hospital Life Support
- Pre-hospital Management of Behavioral Emergencies
- Pre-hospital Management of OB/GYN Emergencies
- Respiratory Care
- Trauma Care
- Cardiovascular and Cardiopulmonary Technology
- Medicine and Medical Services
- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary
Schools That Offer This Program
- Ridge Water College- Wilmar
- South Central
- Capella University
- Century University
- Vermilion Community College
- Saint Mary's University- Winona
Saint Mary's University- Winona
Total Enrollment: 2,061
Freshman Enrollment: 373
- Saint Mary's is a 4 year college
- It is a private school.
- It is only 3 miles from the nearest city.
- Saint Mary's is a co-ed school.
- Saint Mary's was founded as a mainly Catholic School.
There are about 85% of those that apply that actually make it into Saint Mary's. You must have a high school diploma or GED to apply.
The fall admission deadline is May 1st.
There is a $25 application fee unless you apply online, then it is waived.
Required exams are the ACT or the SAT.
The student to teacher ratio is 16-1.
Average class sizes:
- Lecture: 16
- Laboratory: 12
- Discussion: 16
In-state and Out-of-state tuition are the same and are $28,320.
Room and Board living on campus: $7,440.
Room and Board living off of campus: $6,500.
Books and Supplies: $1,300.
Deadline to apply is March 15th.
Forms needed is the FAFSA form.
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal PLUS Loans (for parents)
- Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized)
- Federal Stafford Loans (unsubsidized)
Need-Based Scholarships and Grants
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- School-sponsored scholarships and grants
- State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Merit-Based Scholarships and Grants
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- School-sponsored scholarships in academics
- School-sponsored scholarships in special achievements
- School-sponsored scholarships in art
- School-sponsored scholarships for special characteristics
- Work study
About 89% of the students live on campus.
All freshman are required to stay on campus and they are guaranteed a room.
All dorms require a key.
They have women, men, and co-ed dorms.
There are single and double rooms, and there are also apartments.
Saint Mary's offers tons of clubs and sports for their students. The intercollegiate sports for men are baseball, basketball, cross-country running, diving, fencing, golf, ice hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, rugby, scuba diving, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, water polo and yoga. The intercollegiate sports for women are basketball, cheerleading, cross-country running, dance, diving, fencing, golf, ice hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, rugby, scuba diving, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo, and yoga.
Some plans that I have set out for myself to achieve these high goals would be to study and maintain good grades so that I can make it into a good college and graduate into the medical field. Another goal is to always treat people with respect. I plan on going to college when I graduate high school so I need to believe in myself and trust that I can do what I need to do to accomplish what needs to be done to get where i want to.