Pediatrics

In Oregon, all physicians must be licensed. Applicants for Doctors of Medicine (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) must:

  • graduate from approved school of medicine or osteopathy;
  • complete a one-year residency or internship at a hospital; and
  • pass all three parts of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

Nationally, the median wage for pediatricians is $167,640 per year.

Wages vary by employer, years of experience, and hours worked. The doctor's skill, personality, and professional reputation also affect wages. Self-employed pediatricians generally earn more than those who are not self-employed.

Pediatricians usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, health insurance, and a retirement plan. Pediatricians who are self-employed must provide their own insurance and retirement plan. all physicians, Oregon employment is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020. Excellent job opportunities are expected. Nationally, the number of jobs for physicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020.

The demand for pediatricians varies slightly with the national birth rates. There are some decades when more children are born. For the first 10 to 15 years, children see pediatricians for their medical needs. Thus, even if the birth rate decreases, pediatricians are still in demand as older children need to see them. It is unlikely that the demand for pediatricians will decrease because the population is continuing to grow and more people will have babies.

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