BY: Sarah Dawson

Neonatology is a sub-specialty in pediatrician. This job consist of the medical care of newborn infants,  especially the ill or premature newborn infants.

Neonatology is a sub-specialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn infant.

It is a hospital based specialty, and is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU's).

A neonatologist is a physician (MD or DO) practicing neonatology. To become a neonatologist, the physician must first receive training as a pediatrician, then complete additional training in a fellowship ( for 3 years) in neonatology.

In order to be a neonatologist you have time to give, you can spend up to 48 hours working one shift. Also you need to have an interest in young babies, considering that is who you will be mostly working with. Also you need to be able to have a strong heart, some times you have to tell a parent that their baby is really sick, died, or only have a short amount of time left.

When you first start this job your annual salary is about $160,215. After doing it for five years  you make$228,690. After ten years you could make up $318,220 a year.

The University of Philadelphia is a great school to go to for pursuing a career in neonatology. But first you have to get your high school degree, then your college, then you have to go to four years of medical school, then three years of pediatric internship, and three years of neonatology fellowship before you can become a full neonatologist.

In one hospital in an NICU it requires at least eight neonatologist to have  working NICU. There are currently 940 neonatology jobs available today.

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