Peds ID fellow here.
We don't get paid a lot. I left a hospitalist position knowing I probably will not make that kind of money again, but I love what I do and don't care about the money.
That being said, there is a lot of flexibility on what you could be with ID, all revolves around how much research you want to do. made sample list below with research predominance at top and decreasing going down.
Researcher: no clinical
Physician Scientist: to give you an example NIH funding usually wants >50% of time to be research based.
Transplant ID: Large hospitals usually have 1.0 FTE
Infection Control: usually 1.0 FTE position
Stewardship: ~1.0 FTE position
Hospitalist/ID: Part time in both
Physician Educator: ie PD
GenPeds/ID: Part time in both
Admin/ID: ie Chair, department head
Actual clinical work usually makes up 0.1-0.5FTE of your salary, the rest is filled with either research, admin, education, vaccine trials, etc, etc.
here's a link to job postings....so it's not like there's nothing out there.
Job Seekers - Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
It all depends on what you want to do. If you want to stay at a large academic center research is expected with whatever you do.
I came from a smaller children's hospital where the ID attendings were clinical only, so those are out there too.
If you need any more convincing.... please ask away
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