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Also known as:  General Pediatrician, Paediatrician, Pediatrist, Primary Care Pediatrician


Caring for the young takes a special kind of doctor, called pediatricians. They are trained to treat the specific needs of infants, children, and teens. Pediatricians are responsible for overseeing all the health and medical needs of their young patients.

This is usually done through regular ...
check-ups. They'll look at the weight and height to make sure the patient is growing at the proper rate. They'll also look for telltale signs of problems, such as the early stages of a disease. Having a warm, caring personality is an asset. Visiting the doctor can be stressful for children, so a soothing voice and a gentle manner are important, especially when it comes to giving shots.

Pediatricians usually work in private offices or clinics and are assisted by a small staff of nurses and other administrative personnel. Pediatricians need to be able to make quick decisions, often under pressure. If there's an injury, such as from a bad fall, patients will make an emergency visit to the pediatrician. The doctor must be able to determine if the injury can be treated in the office or if the child needs to go to the hospital for more specialized treatment.

It takes many years of education and training to be a physician. All doctors must finish college and four years of medical school. Depending on their specialty, they then complete between three and eight years of training called residency.

Training is expensive - most medical students borrow money to pay for their education. And the studying doesn't end there - physicians must continue studying throughout their career to keep up with medical advances. Few careers are as demanding and as rewarding. After all, the future is in their care.
Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.
Provide consulting services to other physicians.
Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents.
Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.
Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.