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Will the demand for pediatricians increase in the next 10 years?

It's crazy how technology is taking control of many careers. Will pediatricians be in more or less demand than currently? Based of statistics and such.

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Suzanne’s Answer

Anita, you are wise to want to project ahead with what the career opportunities will be for the path you select, especially if you are considering a medical career which involves many years of training. My feeling is that in the world of pediatrics, technology is far less of a concern than, say, demographics. Our population in the US is aging with a smaller percentage of our population being children. Are more medical school graduates going into pediatrics than are needed? How many other health care providers are also caring for children (family physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners and physicians assistants)? These are probably more relevant questions than the risk of technology replacing humans in this workforce.

I would recommend you look at the link below which covers a lot of statistics in this area including the projected numbers of how many open positions there will be, etc. Bottom line according to this article is demand will be "moderate" but I encourage you to look at for more specific details.

Suzanne recommends the following next steps:

https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/pediatrician/job-market/
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Anita
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Caitlin’s Answer

Statistics are what are really going to tell the answer to this. You have to follow the trends. Are patients seeing Family Medicine Providers or Pediatrics? There is always a need for Pediatricians that is for sure. Technology cannot take over many of skills that we as Providers can do. While in some countries it may seem like tech is taking over healthcare jobs I personally do not believe it will ever take away our position entirely.
Thank you comment icon Sounds good, thank you for the reassurance! Anita
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Dimple’s Answer

Hello,

Technology will assist doctors in doing their jobs, much of the day to day repetitive work will be done by tech/computers. The decrease in jobs in pediatrics will not come from tech necessarily but from nurses and nurse practitioners and physician assistances who get reimbursed and comparable rates but are paid less and therefore cheaper to use.
Thank you comment icon Oh I see, thank you! Anita
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