The importance of Pediatrics/Paediatrics in medical science has increased, over the years. Learn about various career options/opportunities, courses and education for pediatricians in India.

Careers in Pediatrics

Pediatrics or Paediatrics is an important branch of medical science. It is related to the medical care and treatment of children, infants and adolescents. In pediatrics, the medical care is given to those children, who are generally within the age limit of 12. To become a successful pediatrician, one should be used to working for long and inflexible hours, with shifts at uncomfortable timings. The demand of efficient and talented paediatricians is increasing day by day. Government and private hospitals are always on demand of highly qualified and skilled pediatricians. For the purpose, many medical institutes have included paediatrics in their academic programs. After completing the course, one can work at any children's hospital or become specialists in Paediatric ophthalmology, Paediatric endocrinology or work as a child specialist.

Course Details
Several medical institutes in all over India are conducting courses in the field of pediatrics. Most of the institutes offer pediatrics courses at the postgraduate degree level, that is, Doctor of Medicine (MD). The motive behind the courses is to train and educate students in all aspects of pediatrics. Talking about eligibility, the admission seekers must have possessed Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from any Medical Council of India (MCI) recognized institute or university.

Career Prospects
In the present time, the field of pediatrics has emerged as one of the prominent career options in India. The importance of talented professionals in this field is increasing day by day, which has lead to lots of jobs opportunities for the young and talented doctors. After completing their courses, they can work as child specialists (or pediatricians) in various government and private hospitals or they can work as an independent.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
A number of medical colleges and universities in India are now imparting courses in Pediatrics. Some of the prominent institutes are Nilratan Sircar Medical College (Kolkata), Bankura Sammilani Medical College (West Bengal), MVJ Medical College and Research Hospital (Bangalore), Rangaraya Medical College (Andhra Pradesh), Bangalore Medical College, Baba Raghav Das Medical College (Uttar Pradesh) and Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences (Andhra Pradesh).

The remuneration in the field of pediatrics depends upon the standard of the organization, particularly at the starting level. Generally, those at the senior level may get salary package around Rs20,00000 - Rs35,00000 per annum.

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