Pediatricians often choose their jobs based on several factors. Here are some general categories to consider with questions you can ask to make sure that you find a job that is right for you:

Personal and Family Needs

Personal and family needs play a significant role in selecting the right position.

  • How important is it to have friends or family/relatives close by for additional support?
  • Are there career opportunities for my spouse/partner?
  • Are there sufficient educational and cultural opportunities available?
  • Does the climate and available recreational activities suit me/my family?
  • Does the community appeal to me?
  • What is the cost of living?
  • Are the salary and benefits sufficient for me/my family? 

Professional/Career Needs

Here are some questions to help assess career objectives before starting a job search.  

  •  What kinds of patients do you want to serve? 
  • Do you want to practice a specific style or philosophy of pediatrics? 
  • Do you prefer inpatient or outpatient care? 
  • Do you enjoy working shifts? 
  • What type of location would you like to be in—rural, suburban, urban? 
  • Are you a team player or someone who likes to go it alone? 
  • Do you want full-time work, part-time work, or job-sharing? 
  • What are your long-term goals? 
  • How many hours do you want to work?  
  • Do you mind working a lot of evenings and weekends?  
  • How often do you want to be on call? ​ 
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