- Doctorate degree
Pediatrician Job Outlook
There are currently an estimated 29,600 Pediatricians in the United States. The Pediatrician job market is expected to grow by 15.2% between 2016 and 2026.
Pediatrician Employability Rating
C CareerExplorer rates Pediatricians with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,600 Pediatricians. That number is based on 4,500 additional Pediatricians, and the retirement of 1,100 existing Pediatricians.
Demand for Pediatricians
As long as the world’s population continues to grow, the job outlook and demand for pediatricians will remain positive. Infants, children, and adolescents do not have fully functional immune systems and require specialized healthcare until they reach adulthood. This fact drives the demand for doctors who provide them with medical care and treatment. Further momentum for the career is generated by increases in childhood obesity and a rapid rise in the diagnosis of pediatric neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Growth in the field may be somewhat mitigated by the number of pediatric physician assistants and nurse practitioners hired to consult with patients. These positions are under the direction of a physician, but they can eliminate the need for multiple pediatricians in some practices. Expanded career opportunities are predicted for pediatricians trained in subspecialties, such as neurology, oncology, and cardiology. Rural and low income areas, which face shortages of all medical professionals, continue to present employment opportunities and less competition. In addition to traditional roles in private practice and with hospitals and outpatient centers, some pediatricians are hired by government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Doctors Without Borders, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Medical Corps.
Supply of Pediatricians
Pediatrician Job Market by State
|State name||Employed Pediatricians|
|District of Columbia||300|
- Doctorate degree
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