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How much has the pediatrician career changed over the past few years? What kind of changes do you think will occur in the next five years?

I want to see if there are going to be any changes in the near future that could effect me as a new pediatrician and if i could be really eligible for a job opening or not. Can qualifications vary over the years? I don't want to enter in any field that is not growing or will not give me a job #pediatrician #pediatric-nursing #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Bernadette:

I'm a proud Mom of a recent medical school graduate; now a Resident Pediatrician.

According to the U.S. 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.

Based on research here are some links to info for your review.
1) Pediatrics in the Year 2020 and Beyond: Preparing for Plausible Futures: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/126/5/971.full.pdf

2) What is the Projected Future of a Pediatrician:


Good luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Estelle’s Answer

Pediatricians will always be needed, and there is a nationwide shortage of pediatricians. Pediatricians I know are extremely busy and are unable to take new patients due to a full practice. Most pediatricians have PA's & NP's to assist them with the heavy workload.
The AAP could change qualifications for board certification over the years, but that is true for any specialty.
Good luck!