Pediatricians care for patients whose ages range from infants to young adults. Pediatricians work to diagnose and treat potential illnesses, diseases and even injuries that children contract or sustain. Pediatricians specialize in understanding the growth of infants, children and adolescents. It is also the responsibility of a pediatrician to track and schedule child immunizations and any medications that their patients need to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Many pediatricians work in hospital environments, whereas others are capable of opening their own practices or working in a private office. Many times, pediatricians work a minimum of 60 hours per week, making it a highly demanding job that requires a commitment and focus on research and medical developments for children of all ages. Pediatricians specialize in treatments and medications that are made available to infants and children to better assist with properly providing the care that any child patient requires, regardless of whether they are struggling with an infection, a simple cold or a debilitating disease. Pediatricians often research fields that only pertain to the development of babies, children and young adults to assist with developing proper care regiments for children with any type of ailment.
Working as a pediatrician generally requires anywhere from 6 to 8 years of undergraduate and medical education followed by residency, licensing and certification.
Pediatrician, General Tasks
- Diagnosis and treat a variety of ailments specific to young people and track patients' growth to adulthood.
- Diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
- Care for the health of infants, children, teenagers, and young adults.
- Provide regular scheduled immunizations to infants and children.