One-quarter of pediatricians working part-time

A new report by a professional association concludes that almost a quarter of pediatricians are now working part-time, a number that has risen dramatically over the past 15 years.

The report, which comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, notes that in 1993, only 11 percent of pediatricians said they were working part time. Now, 23 percent say they work on a part-time basis.

The field of pediatrics is heavily populated by women, but even given this fact, the difference between male and female work patterns is striking. The AAP found that 36 percent of women worked part-time in 2006, up from 28 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, only 8 percent of men worked part-time in 2006, up from 4 percent in 2000.

The part-timers, who worked about 14.3 fewer hours on care than full-timers, reported higher satisfaction levels with work, family and personal lives.

To learn more about this research:
- read this article in The New York Times (reg. req.)

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