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Pediatrician Information

Looking forward to working with children? Here's some important information about what it needs to be into pediatrics, and help you make your next move.
Puja Lalwani
A pediatrician's job involves working with children. He/she  is a doctor who deals specifically with children, ranging from newborns to adolescents. From their routine checkups to diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, all these factors come under the purview of a pediatrician.
They also deal with childrens' physical, mental and to some extent, their social development. A pediatrician formulates treatment programs, understands the family history to check for susceptibility of the child towards such conditions, prescribe tests and analyze their reports, prescribe medicines and refer parents and children to specialists when required.
You may also have to handle issues pertaining to insurance and the like. While their specialization may vary, here is a general information on the skills and educational requirements that have to be fulfilled to become a pediatrician.

Essential Skills

The reason skills are mentioned before the educational requirements to become a pediatrician is because a lot of specific personal qualities are required in this profession. So before you pursue this career, understand whether you have these qualities.
  • The first quality required is love for children. You must love them and be patient enough to endure all that they go through to help them get through it as painlessly as possible. Without this quality becoming a pediatrician is going to be very difficult.
  • Next, you will have to deal with paranoid parents in this profession. Especially in the case of a first born, parents get extremely nervous about problems as small as hiccups, where they may relentlessly consult you for a solution. Being patient enough to hear them out, as answering their queries is an important part of this job.
  • Good communication skills are essential, in order to explain the conditions that a child may be affected with, without scaring the parents too much.
  • Apart from these, possessing diagnostic, analytical, computer, research, and multitasking skills are essential to become a pediatrician. Most of these you will be taught in the course of your education. Furthermore, teamwork and the capacity to work at irregular times and schedules is a part and parcel of this job.

Educational Requirements

Now that you have realized that you possess these skills, and have made up your mind to get into the profession, here's the information on the education required to become a pediatrician.
  • Education begins with four years of training at medical school, after which students are required to complete a three year residency that entails a specialization in pediatrics. Here, the resident works under qualified physicians in order to obtain the necessary skills that are essential for timely diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases.
  • As the training is completed, a pediatrician is required to pass a certification examination that is offered by the American Board of Pediatrics. Upon passing this exam, the qualified pediatrician is given a certificate, which is required to be displayed in her/his office. This will also give her/him a direct entry into the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • While the aforementioned requirements are suitable for general pediatricians, in order to specialize, a lot of them then go in to pursue further studies in a specific field, known as a subspecialty.
  • These include child development, dermatology, gastroenterology, genetics or inherited diseases, nephrology, pharmacology, preventive medicine, radiology, rheumatology, endocrinology, developmental biology, immunology, behavioral pediatrics, neonatal medicine, cancer, developmental disabilities, neurology, ophthalmology, and the like.
The salary range of a pediatrician in the initial years may range anywhere between US $88,710 and $186,870. As your experience and knowledge increases, one will be able to earn somewhere between US $98,900 and $201,500.
This is one of those medical jobs that provides a career extremely rewarding and satisfying. From the information given here, you can now decide whether or not you wish to choose pediatrics as a career. Imbibe the aforementioned skills and fulfill the educational requirements to be able to choose this rewarding career for yourself.