Pediatricians, General
SOC: 29-1065.00


Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
34,800 employed

Projected (2024):
38,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Adolescent Medicine Specialist
  • Baby Doctor
  • Chief, General Pediatric Clinic
  • Doctor
  • General Pediatrician
  • Group Practice Pediatrician
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Paediatrician
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatrician, Active Practice
  • Pediatrician, Managing Partner
  • Pediatrician, Partner in Private Medical Practice
  • Pediatrician/Medical Doctor
  • Pediatrist
  • Physician
  • Physician-Pediatrician
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Primary Care Pediatrician

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
  • Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
  • Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
  • Provide consulting services to other physicians.
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.
  • Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.
  • Conduct research to study anatomy and develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
  • Prepare government or organizational reports of birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or medical status of individuals.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air-oxygen blenders
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Auditory testing equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Baby scales
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Capnographs
  • Cervical collars
  • Child oxygen masks
  • Child sized blood pressure equipment
  • Cord clamps
  • Curved forceps
  • Dermal curettes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dressing forceps
  • Ear curettes
  • Ear forceps
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Facial shields
  • Fetal doppler units
  • Fetal monitors
  • Glucometers
  • Hemostats
  • Infant laryngoscope blades
  • Infant oxygen masks
  • Infant warmers
  • Intravenous IV equipment
  • Intubation stylets
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngoscope blades
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Manual blood pressure units
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical bulb syringes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical masks
  • Medical syringes
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Mosquito clamps
  • Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Neonatal airways
  • Neonatal resuscitation masks
  • Neurological hammers
  • Non-invasive cardio respiratory monitors
  • Operating scissors
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Oral airways
  • Oropharyngeal airways
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Oxygen analyzers
  • Pediatric bronchoscopes
  • Pediatric endoscopes
  • Pediatric Magill forceps
  • Pediatric nebulizers
  • Pediatric pulse oximeters
  • Pediatric spirometers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phototherapy equipment
  • Portable ventilators
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Splinter forceps
  • Suction catheters
  • Suction machines
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture forceps
  • Suture needles
  • Suture removers
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Thoracostomy tubes
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitors
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Valve mask resuscitators
  • Vision screeners
  • Advanced Data Systems MedicsDocAssistant for Pediatrics
  • Drug reference software
  • e-MedRecords CompuKID
  • Email software
  • EMR Experts Pediatric EMR
  • Medical information databases
  • Microsoft Access
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • STAT E&M Coder
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800