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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- Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.
- Conduct research to develop and test surgical techniques that can improve operating procedures and outcomes.
- Consult with patient's other medical care specialists, such as cardiologist and endocrinologist, to determine if surgery is necessary.
- 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.
- Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff.
- Examine fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents, and diagnose health issues to determine need for intervention, such as surgery.
- Examine instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility.
- Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.
- Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
- Inform parents and guardians of child's health problems and surgical procedures through various channels, such as in-person and telecommunication systems.
- Interpret results of preoperative tests and physical examinations.
- Manage surgery services, including planning, scheduling and coordination, determination of procedures, or procurement of supplies and equipment.
- Monitor patient's recovery using postoperative assessment techniques, such as blood and imaging tests, and follow-up visits.
- Operate on fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.
- Perform transplantation operations, such as organ transplants, on fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents.
- Prepare case histories.
- Provide consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.
- Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioners when necessary.
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Computer imaging software
- Human resources software — Human resources management system HRMS
- Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Epic Systems ; MEDITECH software ; Three-dimensional 3D virtual surgery software (see all 9 examples)
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Abdominal retractors
- Amputation retractors
- Arterial line catheters
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED; Internal defibrillators
- Autotransfusion units — Cell savers
- Blood recovery and delivery systems — Autologous blood recovery systems
- Bronchoscopes or accessories — Bronchoscopes
- Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Hemodynamic monitors
- Cardiovascular or thoracic retractors — IMA retractors; Thoracic retractors
- Central venous catheters — Subclavian lines
- Cervical retractors
- Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories — Colposcopes
- Cryosurgery equipment or accessories — Cryoprobes; Cryosurgery units
- Cystourethroscopes — Cystoscopes; Flexible ureteroscopes; Rigid ureteroscopes
- Desktop computers
- Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Pulmonary artery catheters
- Digital cameras
- Ear retractors
- Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines
- Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Argon beam coagulators; Biopolar cautery equipment; Electrosurgery units; Harmonic scalpels (see all 5 examples)
- Endoscopic clamp or dissector or grasper or forceps — Laparascopic graspers
- Endoscopic insufflation or distention units or accessories — Endoscopic insufflators
- Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories — Endoscopic video cameras
- Eyemagnets for ophthalmic surgery — Eye magnets
- Facial shields — Protective eye shields
- Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes
- Gastrointestinal retractors
- Heart and lung machines or accessories — Cardiopulmonary bypass pumps; Heart and lung machines
- Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV equipment
- Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes — Laparascopes
- Lip retractors
- Lung retractors
- Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Surgical masks
- Medical stapler for external use — Skin staplers
- Medical stapler for internal use — Bowel stapling equipment
- Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Diagnostic ultrasound equipment
- Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Portable x ray machines
- Nerve retractors
- Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products — External fixators; Fracture tables
- Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories — Mayfield headrests
- Operating room patient procedure tables or accessories or related products — Andrews tables
- Ophthalmic retractors
- Ophthalmic surgery instrument sets — Vitrector sets
- Oral retractors
- Orthopedic retractors
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen administration equipment
- Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps — Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
- Personal computers
- Plastic surgery retractors
- Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
- Radiosurgical gamma knife units or scintillators — Radiosurgical gamma knives
- Rectal retractors
- Short wave diathermy units — Diathermy equipment
- Skin retractors
- Spine or neuro retractors — Cervical spine retractors
- Sternum retractors — Sternal retractors
- Surgical bone cutting forceps — Bone-cutting forceps
- Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles — Surgical hand saws
- Surgical calipers or rulers — Surgical calipers; Surgical rulers
- Surgical chisels or gouges — Bone chisels
- Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Dressing forceps; Sponge forceps; Tumor forceps; Vascular clips (see all 40 examples)
- Surgical curettes or loops — Surgical curettes
- Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories — Dermatomes; Padgett dermatomes; Zimmer dermatomes
- Surgical dilators or accessories — Surgical dilators
- Surgical drapes — Sterile drapes
- Surgical drivers or its parts or accessories — Surgical hand drivers
- Surgical elevators or levers — Surgical elevators
- Surgical extractors — Stone extractors
- Surgical gloves
- Surgical hammers or mallets — Surgical mallets
- Surgical irrigation or suction handpiece or cannula or tip — Suction tips
- Surgical irrigation sets or accessories — Irrigation tubing; Surgical irrigation sets
- Surgical lasers or accessories — Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Holmium lasers; Laser dopplers; Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers
- Surgical lighted fiberoptic retractors — Surgical fiberoptic retractors
- Surgical lithotripters or accessories — Ultrasonic lithotripters
- Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories — Ceiling mounted microscopes; ENT microscopes; Portable surgical microscopes; Surgical microscopes
- Surgical needle holders for general use — Surgical needle holders
- Surgical nerve stimulators or accessories — Surgical nerve stimulators
- Surgical nippers
- Surgical or endoscopic catheters or catheterization kits or drainage bags — Endoscopic catheters
- Surgical perfusion catheters or connectors or accessories — Balloon perfusion catheters
- Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories — Craniotome drills; Sternal saws; Surgical power drills; Surgical power saws (see all 7 examples)
- Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets or accessories — Surgical tourniquets
- Surgical power equipment sets or accessories — Hip arthroplasty robots; Robotic arms; Surgical robots
- Surgical probes or directors — Tactile probes
- Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories — Biopsy punches
- Surgical rake retractors — Rigid rake retractors
- Surgical rasps
- Surgical retractors for general use — Surgical retractors
- Surgical rongeurs — Bone ronguers
- Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels
- Surgical scissors — Enterotomy scissors; Thoracic scissors; Tonsil scissors; Uterine scissors (see all 5 examples)
- Surgical smoke evacuators or accessories — Operating room smoke evacuators
- Surgical specula
- Surgical spreaders — Rib spreaders
- Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories — Cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirators CUSA; Suction machines; Surgical aspirators; Wells Johnson aspirators
- Surgical taps
- Surgical tourniquets or vascular occluders or ligators or accessories — Vascular occluders
- Surgical trocars for general use or accessories — Surgical trocars
- Surgical urology retractors or its accessories — Urology retractors
- Suture needles — Surgical suture needles
- Tissue retractors
- Tracheal retractors
- Urological surgical instrument sets — Optical urethrotomes
- Uterine devices or accessories — Hysteroscopes
- Uterine retractors
- Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Sequential compression devices
- Vein harvest kit or system — Endoscope vein harvesting equipment
- Vein retractors
Detailed Work Activities
- Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
- Operate on patients to treat conditions.
- Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
- Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
- Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress.
- Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
- Diagnose medical conditions.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities.
- Manage healthcare operations.
- Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
- Order medical supplies or equipment.
- Prescribe medications.
- Prescribe treatments or therapies.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
- Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
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|
|Employment (2019)||39,600 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Decline (-1% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||1,000|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Association for Hand Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- American Pediatric Surgical Association
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
- American Society of General Surgeons
- American Surgical Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Physicians and surgeons
- Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons