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Summary Report for:
29-1243.00 - Pediatric Surgeons

Diagnose and perform surgery to treat fetal abnormalities and birth defects, diseases, and injuries in fetuses, premature and newborn infants, children, and adolescents. Includes all pediatric surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Sample of reported job titles: Cardiovascular Surgeon, General Surgeon, Hand Surgeon, Physician, Plastic Surgeon, Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Job Zone  |  Credentials  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct research to develop and test surgical techniques that can improve operating procedures and outcomes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Consult with patient's other medical care specialists, such as cardiologist and endocrinologist, to determine if surgery is necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Describe preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, or preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area, to parents or guardians of the patient. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents, and diagnose health issues to determine need for intervention, such as surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inform parents and guardians of child's health problems and surgical procedures through various channels, such as in-person and telecommunication systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret results of preoperative tests and physical examinations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage surgery services, including planning, scheduling and coordination, determination of procedures, or procurement of supplies and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patient's recovery using postoperative assessment techniques, such as blood and imaging tests, and follow-up visits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate on fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform transplantation operations, such as organ transplants, on fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare case histories. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioners when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Computer imaging software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Human resources software — Human resources management system HRMS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Epic Systems Hot technology ; MEDITECH software Hot technology ; Three-dimensional 3D virtual surgery software (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Arterial line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Autotransfusion units — Cell savers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bronchoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units — Hemodynamic monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Central venous catheters — Subclavian lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Colposcopes or vaginoscopes — Colposcopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cryosurgery units — Cryoprobes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cystoscopes or cystourethroscopes — Cystoscopes; Flexible ureteroscopes; Rigid ureteroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters for general use — Pulmonary artery catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diathermy units — Diathermy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Argon beam coagulators; Biopolar cautery equipment; Electrosurgery units; Harmonic scalpels (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic catheter adapters — Endoscopic catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic clamp or dissector or grasper or forceps — Laparascopic graspers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic instrument sets — Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic insufflation or distention units or accessories — Endoscopic insufflators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories — Endoscopic video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyemagnets for ophthalmic surgery — Eye magnets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Protective eye shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • General surgical instrument sets — Autologous blood recovery systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heart and lung machines — Cardiopulmonary bypass pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Irrigation or suction handpieces or cannulas or tips or catheters — Suction tips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes — Laparascopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staplers for external use — Skin staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staplers for internal use — Bowel stapling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echocardiograph or echocardiograph units for general diagnostic use — Diagnostic ultrasound equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Portable x ray machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED; Internal defibrillators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables — External fixators; Fracture tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient positioning devices for general use — Mayfield headrests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient procedure tables — Andrews tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic surgery instrument sets — Vitrector sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products — Oxygen administration equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps — Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peritoneoscopes — Periosteotomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiosurgical gamma knife units or scintillators — Radiosurgical gamma knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resectoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical bone cutting forceps — Bone-cutting forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles — Surgical hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical calipers or rulers or protractors — Surgical calipers; Surgical rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical chisels or gouges — Bone chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps — Dressing forceps; Splinter forceps; Tumor forceps; Vascular clips (see all 40 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical curettes or loops or curette sets — Surgical curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers — Dermatomes; Padgett dermatomes; Zimmer dermatomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical dilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical drapes — Sterile drapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical drivers — Surgical hand drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical elevators or levers — Surgical elevators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical extractors — Stone extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical hammers or mallets — Surgical mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical irrigation sets — Irrigation tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical isolation or surgical masks — Surgical masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers — Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Holmium lasers; Laser dopplers; Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet Nd:YAG lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lithotripters — Ultrasonic lithotripters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical microscopes or loupes or magnifiers — Ceiling mounted microscopes; ENT microscopes; Portable surgical microscopes; Surgical microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical needle holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical nerve stimulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical nippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical perfusion cannulas or catheters — Balloon perfusion catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers — Craniotome drills; Sternal saws; Surgical power drills; Surgical power saws (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets — Surgical tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical power equipment sets — Hip arthroplasty robots; Robotic arms; Surgical robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical probes or directors — Tactile probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical punches or punch holders — Biopsy punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical rasps or files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical retractors — Cervical retractors; Lip retractors; Urology retractors; Vein retractors (see all 25 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical rongeurs — Bone ronguers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines — Surgical scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scissors — Enterotomy scissors; Thoracic scissors; Tonsil scissors; Uterine scissors (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical smoke evacuators — Operating room smoke evacuators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical speculas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical spreaders — Rib spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical suction machine or vacuum extractor or ultrasonic surgical aspirator — Cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirators CUSA; Suction machines; Surgical aspirators; Wells Johnson aspirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical trocars for general use — Surgical trocars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture needles — Surgical suture needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urological surgical instrument sets — Optical urethrotomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Uterine devices — Hysteroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular occluder or ligator — Vascular occluders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Sequential compression devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vein harvest kits or systems — Endoscope vein harvesting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose medical conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage healthcare operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists.
Employment data for Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists.
Industry data for Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists.

Median wages (2020) $100.00+ hourly, $208,000+ annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 41,500 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Decline (-1% or lower) Decline (-1% or lower)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 1,000
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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