Hats off to a special group of medical professionals who provide healthcare for a very special segment of our population: our children. These medical professionals include general pediatricians, pediatricians who have pursued subspecialties, as well as nurse practitioners who have further specialized in pediatric care. Their medical care extends to children from birth through age 18 or even 21.
Because professionals in the field of pediatrics deal with minors, they must be particularly conscious of topics such as guardianship and informed consent, and must satisfy the needs of the patient as well as the parent/guardian. Needless to say, when working with children (and the people who love them), bedside manner is a must.
Pediatric jobs are found in a number of settings
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 12% of physicians are self-employed while around 53% are employed in doctors’ offices, and 19% are employed by hospitals. The remainder practice medicine in government settings, or in educational services or outpatient care facilities.
RNs, including nurse practitioners, work in hospitals (60%), doctors’ offices (8%), patients’ homes (5%), nursing care facilities (5%), for employment services (3%), as well as in government settings, social assistance agencies, or in educational services.
General Pediatrician and Subspecialized Pediatrician Jobs
According to 2008 American Board of Pediatrics Workforce and Research data, 93,694 physicians were certified as General Pediatricians compared to a combined total of 18,949 physicians certified in the various pediatric subspecialties. These numbers translate to 83% of pediatricians choosing to remain in the field of General Peds rather than opting for up to three more years of training to pursue a subspecialty and increase their pediatrician salary.
While so many physicians decide to stay in General Pediatrics, the options for further specialization are diverse, and include the following:
Additionally, general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons may choose to focus their skills on the pediatric patient.