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I am currently a Junior in Highschool and I am close to being a senior. I have been thinking about the career I want to pursue after highschool and I want to become a pediatrician. What degree should I look for and how many years will I be in school?

I always wanted to become a doctor when I was younger. I had the passion to help people. When I was little I used to pick up medical equipment and play like I was a doctor. In middle school and high school I went to the library often to research books about the medical field and children. I babysat kids for such a long time and I actually enjoy it. I am also asking this question because I want to become a pediatrician. I am in highschool and a junior who is about to enter the real world soon. Also because I want to pick a right major that will help me. I want to know what can I do to reach my goal. Also I asked for future pediatricians like me who are unsure about the degrees . #doctor #pediatrician #majors #college #premed

Hi Amoi! I think part of your question was answered here: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/21418/how-many-years-of-school-does-it-take-to-become-a-pediatrician Abby Lupi

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Suman’s Answer

Hi Amoi. In addition to link above, I found this on the internet. It is a little wordy, but the information seems correct:


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Valerie’s Answer

That is so great you want to become a physician. I have always wanted to become a doctor too, it is a very exciting career. To become a pediatrician, you will need to go to college first. In college I recommend majoring in something with the sciences, biology is the most common major. You just have to make sure you meet all your prerequisites before entering medical school (biology, chemistry, statistics, etc.). Then in your junior year of college, you will take the MCAT. Then medical school is 4 years, where you will be in the classroom for 2 years, and then go into the hospital for2 years. Lastly, you will graduate and have to do 3 years of residency; if you want to be a specialty pediatrician it will be longer. It's a long process, but very rewarding.