Paediatricians investigate, diagnose and treat internal diseases and disorders in children from birth up to, and including, adolescence.

Specialisations: Neonatologist, Paediatric Thoracic Physician.

A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Paediatrician. Many Paediatricians complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Examines patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertakes laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
  • Analyses test results and other medical information to make diagnoses.
  • Prescribes and administers drugs, as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures.
  • Records medical information and data.
  • Reports specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities.
  • May admit or refer patients to hospitals.
  • May consult other medical specialists.

All Specialist Physicians

  • $4,976 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Paediatricians

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Paediatricians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Paediatricians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance97.5
Public Administration and Safety1.4
Education and Training0.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.2
Other Industries0.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePaediatriciansAll Jobs Average
NSW31.531.6
VIC26.325.6
QLD18.920.0
SA6.57.0
WA11.910.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.51.0
ACT1.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPaediatriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.2-9.39.3
25-3426.3-22.922.9
35-4434.4-22.022.0
45-5421.0-21.621.6
55-596.6-9.09.0
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over6.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPaediatriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate51.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree48.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
Year 120.2-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Paediatrician. Many Paediatricians complete postgraduate studies.

You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians may also be needed to specialise.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • be up to date with immunisations

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

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Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Specialist Physicians who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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    84% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Therapy and Counseling

    82% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    75% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Psychology

    71% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Biology

    70% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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  1. Telephone

    99% Important

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  2. Contact With Others

    95% Important

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  3. Exposed to Disease or Infections

    93% Important

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  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Frequency of Decision Making

    93% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

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