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Paediatrician

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€105k > 175
Paediatrician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€105 - 175
Related Information:
Salary relating to all HSE Consultants:
Type A consultants: 127,000 to 175,000
Type B salaries: 120,000 to 157,000
Type C salaries: 105,000 to 134,000
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: June, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports a shortage of medical practitioners in the following areas:

  • Locum and non-consultant hospital doctors
  • Registrars
  • Medical specialists - general and emergency medicine, anaesthetists, paediatricians, consultant radiologists.

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Occupational Category

Medical Practitioners

Also included in this category:

General practitioners; medical practitioners; house officers (hospital); registrars (hospital); consultants (hospital); surgeons;

Number Employed:

12,300

Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 50 / 50%
Non-Nationals: 26%
With Third Level: 100%
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At a Glance... header image

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating sick children and new-born babies.


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The Work header image

The work of a Paediatrician involves specialising in the care of children. This can involve assessing the care needed by sick children and by new babies, and monitoring their subsequent growth and development. It can also involve working in a children's hospital and dealing with all ages up to early teens. They assess and treat children with emergency admissions, assessing and monitoring current in-patients and re-assessing ex-patients in the out-patients department.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.

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Treat children who have minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems, and growth and development concerns.

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Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.

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Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury in infants and children.

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Examine patients or order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.

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Advise patients, parents or guardians, and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.

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Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.

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Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.

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Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents.

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Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The life of a Paediatrician involves long working hours but is rewarding and stimulating.  
 
They must like children and be prepared to work with them. They must be able to detach themselves from personal cases, as their job as some harsh realities. Patience is also essential in this career.  
 
A medical career involves a long period of academic and clinical training. This means that you must have considerable physical and mental stamina.


Entry Routesheader image

A specialist is a doctor who is certified to practise independently in a specific area of medicine (eg Paediatrics). A specialist has completed all of their postgraduate training and does not require supervision by a more senior doctor. It can take about 15 years to become a specialist. The career pathway is as follows:

1. Medical Degree  - a five to six-year undergraduate medical degree programme at one of the six medical schools in Ireland.

2. Internship - newly graduated doctors spend 12 months training in hospitals as an Intern (equivalent to ‘house officer’ in some jurisdictions), working as part of a team with nurses and experienced doctors, and earning their first salary as a doctor.

The intern year is structured so that a doctor can experience a variety of medical specialties; at least three months must be spent in general Medicine and at least three months in general Surgery. Interns can also spend 2 – 4 months in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Anaesthesia (to include perioperative medicine)
  • Radiology

This variety helps the intern decide which area of medicine they want to continue training in. In Ireland, the Medical Council oversees the intern year.

3. Basic Specialist Training - Towards the end of the intern year, a doctor must choose an area of medicine to continue training in. The next stage of training is Basic Specialist Training (BST).

There are 10 BST programmes in Ireland, including Paediatrics:

BST specialty

Postgraduate Medical Training Body

Anaesthesia

College of Anaesthetists of Ireland

Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

General Internal Medicine (and its subspecialties)

Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training, RCPI

General Practice

Irish College of General Practitioners

Histopathology

Faculty of Pathology, RCPI

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI

Ophthalmology

Irish College of Ophthalmologists

Paediatrics (including Neonatology)

Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI

Psychiatry

College of Psychiatry of Ireland

Surgery

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

In most cases BST is two years in duration. During this time a doctor works as a Senior House Officer (SHO), mostly in hospitals and always under the supervision of a more experienced doctor.

To find out more about BST with RCPI, click here.

4. Registrar Training - After BST most doctors want to progress to Higher Specialist Training (HST). Entry to HST is very competitive. Some doctors may need to wait for a year or two before they either meet all of the entry criteria (e.g. passing postgraduate exams) or are successful at interview.

In RCPI, the Registrar Training Programme (RTP) is designed for doctors who want to continue their training at registrar level with a view to progressing on to HST.

5. Higher Specialist Training (HST) - is designed to bring a doctor’s skills up to the standard required for independent, specialist practice. HST takes four to six years to complete, depending on the specialty. During this time a doctor works as a Specialist Registrar (SpR). On satisfactory completion of HST, SpRs receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) which allows them to enter the Specialist Division of the Medical Council.

6. Consultant - Once a doctor is on the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council they are eligible to apply for consultant posts. However is not always easy to get into these highly-regarded positions. With the exception of GPs (General Practitioners), specialists in Ireland are generally referred to as ‘consultants’.

Many doctors spend some time working abroad and building up their portfolio of research, audits and publications before becoming a consultant.

Last Updated: March, 2015


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