Hi Panda: In researching your question, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the job outlook for physicians in general is very good for the coming years (www.bls.gov ). The BLS projected a 10% growth in employment for all pediatric physicians and surgeons from 2014 - 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The compensation will vary by industry, location, and experience; but the BLS reported a median annual salary of $226,408 in 2014. Although it is important, I suggest that you not focus on the salary right now because you'll definitely make a rewarding income once you get into the job.
https://learn.org/articles/Pediatrician_Career_Summary_Job_Outlook_and_Educational_Requirements.html. . .Keep in mind that if you plan to "specialize" after residency that will take another 3 to 4 years depending on the fellowship.
The overall outlook for healthcare looks very good on the horizon due to the increased demand for services and an aging population. As you observe on any news cycle healthcare is a major topic of concern. Prescription drug costs is quickly following.
Pediatrics is a rapidly growing field, thus an abundance of job opportunities will become available. A career as a pediatrician entails a great deal of education, including medical school and residency programs, as well as licensure. You will find this profession much rewarding.
I wish you the best on your journey. Good luck to you!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Check out all the links that I've provided in my response
- Research study.com - Pediatrician Outlook - - https://study.com/articles/Pediatrician_Occupational_Outlook_and_Educational_Requirements_for_a_Career_in_Pediatrics.html
- Talk to your Primary Care Provider. They could serve as good resource for obtaining info. They would love to talk to you about the profession and would be flattered that you asked