Pediatricians diagnose and treat health conditions that affect babies, children and young people.

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • assess children who are ill, injured or have disabilities
  • refer patients to specialist consultants for tests
  • prescribe medication, surgery or therapies
  • explain diagnosis and treatments to parents and children
  • write patient notes, monitor progress and produce medical reports
  • supervise and train junior medical staff

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

To become a pediatrician you'll need to complete:

  • a degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council
  • a 2-year foundation programme of general training
  • specialist training which takes a minimum of 8 years

A medical degree normally takes 5 years to complete.

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