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Side Gigs for Pediatricians

Over the years, we’ve discussed side gigs for pediatricians several times in our Physician Side Gigs Facebook group, One comment we sometimes get is that there aren't as many opportunities we get through our consulting databases or medical surveys, so we wanted to start our series on side gigs by specialty with pediatricians.

We honestly feel there is a lot of room for pediatrics in the side gig world. People put a lot of research and time into their children, and think most parents would love related content to be either created by, endorsed by, or taught by pediatricians. They'd also be likely to share these resources with others in their parenting groups, so marketing may be easier than for some other specialties.

Many side gigs in this realm revolve around content, course, or product creation, consulting, and influencer marketing, but they aren’t the only options. We’ll explore each of these, and other popular ones members commonly recommend, below.

If you're not a pediatrician and wanting to learn more about side gigs for your specific specialty, don't worry, we'll be releasing one for your specialty as well soon in this new series we are doing. In the meantime, follow the series on Instagram, where it's already well underway!

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Additional Resources for Pediatricians

Interested in side gigs such as telemedicine? We have free side gig opportunity databases available to our physician members. Simply sign-up for the types of side gigs you're interested in, and we'll alert you when we have opportunities that match your criteria and preferences.

Get started in our Physician Side Gigs Facebook group. The databases and group are both completely free, but we keep the databases within the community to to ensure everyone in the databases is a physician.

Explore our What Is the Average Pediatrician Salary? article for stats on pediatrician pay based on different factors such as subspecialty, practice environment, and location from our free doctor salary and compensation data for contract negotiations.

Visit our side gigs for physicians page or physician career resources and education for all our job and other side gig resources.

The Pediatrician as An Influencer and Content Creator

I always call my oldest child my “Google baby” because I spent a lot of 2AM nursing sessions searching the internet for answers to random thoughts and worries. I think about how much information I saw from sources I wasn’t sure of the credibility of. It’s great to have information from fellow parents, but I would’ve been eager to consume content coming from a pediatrician if it was readily available.

If I'd have seen a reasonably priced tutorial on the subject of concern coming from a physician, I would have been interested in purchasing it. The investment would have been well worth the information learned and the peace of mind it brought me in the middle of the night – and for several years after.

We would love to see more pediatricians getting into the physician influencer space. It can be a rewarding side gig not just in helping your community but in diversifying your income. If you can build your brand and get a website up with good SEO, the money can add up really quickly, and as a bonus you'd be able to help get quality information out there.

We aren’t suggesting you should do predatory marketing to scared and exhausted parents looking for answers and monetize off of their fear. There's such a demand for good info. Pediatricians are the perfect authorities to provide it, and you can choose how to do it in a way that feels right to you.

Whichever path (or paths!) you choose, make sure you narrow down to a specific niche or problem you want to help solve.

Pick a topic that you are excited about, such as child safety, developmental milestones, or education. Kids pretty much encompass everything, giving you plenty of options to explore to find the one you’re most excited about. Then really focus in on a niche. Say something other influencers aren’t covering already, or do it in such a way that makes you unique and stand out.

Some common issues we see mentioned in Physician Community Facebook group all the time when it comes to our children are:

  • Health conscious foods and snacks

  • Kid friendly exercises (yoga, sports, etc.)

  • Advice on sleep training kids

  • Surviving being new partners

  • Supporting children through mental health struggles

  • Allergies

Once you have a following, there are several ways for a pediatrician to monetize their content as an influencer, including:

Many of these opportunities may come to you organically as a result of your social media following. You can click on the dedicated pages to learn more about some of these, and we go into some in more detail below.

Consulting and Coaching

If you’re not somebody who wants to regularly create content and build followers, consulting and/or coaching can be a great opportunity. A lot of the same recommendations and topics apply in regards to building a brand and establishing yourself as an expert, but what you do with that brand may look different.

There are opportunities to engage in consulting both on a 1:1 level as well as for large companies.

As every first time parent realizes, the struggle is real and you can only prepare so much for a fussy baby who won’t let you sleep before your next twelve-hour shift. Some favorite consulting opportunities for pediatricians on a 1:1 basis are:

On a larger level, you could consult or serve as an advisor for companies or organizations in the pediatrics realm. This could include:

  • Guiding the direction of product development

  • Helping shape advertising campaigns

  • Informing them of research or science relevant to their company’s endeavors

  • Giving feedback on existing products or services

Sleep Consulting or Coaching

Pediatric sleep consultants or coaches generally help teach parents how to help their children develop better sleeping habits in a way that is comfortable and consistent with the family’s beliefs. This could be with issues falling asleep, taking naps, sleeping through the night, or otherwise. Pediatricians in this space will meet with parents, learn about their situations, and develop and provide individualized strategies to patients. This is a skillset already possessed by most pediatricians, who on a daily basis listen to the concerns of parents and problem solve alongside them to come up with safe and effective solutions. Sleep coaches will generally take a very wholistic approach to looking at things like stressors, eating habits, fears, and other things that may be contributing to problems.

Every pediatric sleep coach will choose to tailor their practice differently, with packages that range from a one time consultation to much more comprehensive longitudinal packages with email support, video consultations, and even home visits. They may prepare educational modules. Pricing can vary widely depending on what the market allows and how the physician determines their opportunity costs.

Lactation Consulting or Coaching

Breastfeeding mothers have used lactation consultants for a long time, but there has been a recent flux of physicians into this space, especially pediatricians and OB/GYNs, who already are very familiar with these issues as they regularly discuss them at visits with their patients or patient’s mothers.

Essentially, a lactation consultant will provide support and education to breastfeeding mothers who are experiencing difficulty with breastfeeding such as poor latching, soreness or bleeding, recurrent mastitis, low milk supply, issues with pumping, or other issues.

More concretely, this will usually involve observation of current breastfeeding techniques and identifying challenges and areas for improvement and providing education in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.

It’s important for these consultants to have a high degree of emotional intelligence, as this is understandably a very sensitive and personal issue for breastfeeding mothers, and providing encouragement, understanding, and emotional support is critical.

Increasingly, physicians are seeking formal certification through professional programs that offer lactation education and clinical hours. The certification physicians often pursue is through the IBLCE – (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners). This requires an examination which is currently offered twice a year. 

There are many ways to structure your business and clientele. Some physicians choose to do this through their practice while others do it on the side. This can be billed through insurance or as cash pay depending on how the business is structured.

Brand Partnerships

Brand partnerships are a great opportunity for influencers, physicians thought of as key opinion leaders, or physicians with successful practices . Anyone who is seen as an authority and is well respected in their community may be approached by companies wanting you to represent their brand to your audience, whether that’s 500,000 followers on social media or a stacked schedule of devoted patients at your private practice.

Brand partnerships can come from any kid related product, such as:

  • Baby products

  • Formula and kids food

  • Learning companies

  • Toys

While these opportunities usually come to you, you can outreach as well if there is a particular brand you think is doing well and would love to work with. Either way, you’ll be assessed by things such as reputation, following, and prior success rates, so having data handy or even creating a media kit may be helpful depending on how seriously you want to build this side gig.

A lot of the advice we give in our becoming a physician startup advisor is relevant to becoming a brand ambassador.

If you decide to go down this route, we have a few key recommendations.

  • Know the brand well and ensure that you are comfortable having your reputation tied to them.

  • Understand how they are going to use your likeness and what oversight you will have in approving or declining how they use your content, quotes, or image.

  • Make sure you have a solid contract agreement in place before agreeing to anything. This includes aspects such as the right to sever ties and have them stop using your content if you no longer align with the direction they take, as well as outlining how you get paid based on profits they generate from you.

Product Development

If you’re interested in particular products for kids and have a higher entrepreneurial interest, developing your own product for kids instead of partnering with an existing one is a great opportunity. We have several member side gigs developed by pediatricians. Check out examples of the products they’ve developed. While this will likely require more upfront time and costs associated with this side gig, it can lead to great income potential as well as the pride of creating something on your own.

As you scale this, you can think about ways to automate operations, partner with other companies, or even get acquired as a company.


Telemedicine is one of our most popular side gigs for our pediatrician members. There are a few ways to get set up for telemedicine.

  • Setup your own platform through your private practice

  • Make your own platform separately

  • Become a contractor for an established telemedicine company (join our Physician Side Gigs community if you’re interested in signing up for our telemedicine side gig opportunities database).

Being a contractor can impose certain limitations, such as a minimum requirement of hours worked a week or month or block scheduling. If you are considering working through an established company, make sure you check their requirements before signing on and what they offer, including malpractice and tail insurance.

Other Unique Side Gigs for Pediatricians

While we’ve covered the most popular side gigs, we’ve also seen some really unique ideas our amazing community members have come up with. With peds, there are so many unique angles you can take to find extra income (and of course you can always engage in a side gig that has nothing to do with your job as a pediatrician). Depending on the flexibility you have at your day job, we’ve seen our members do lots of things!

Ear Piercings

We’ve seen this become a successful side gig within our Facebook groups. Parents worry about safety and hygiene when it comes to piercing their children’s ears, which can make them seek out options other than taking their kids to random stores in the shopping mall. As a pediatrician, you have the medical knowledge to ensure a proper procedure, which parents are more than willing to pay for. This can be setup as an option at your private practice for extra side gig income on the side.

Other opportunities we’ve seen pediatricians explore:

  • DJ for parties

  • Pop-up daycare or summer care for sick kids with parents in a pinch

  • Children’s book author or illustrator

  • Tutoring


There are so many opportunities for side gigs for pediatricians. While we’ve highlighted some of our favorites, don’t limit yourself to only this list. While we feel like you’ll have so much more of an opportunity to create something that's your own, choose whichever one you’ll enjoy the most, as that can lead to the greatest rewards. If nothing on the list interests you, you can also explore opportunities such as chart review, surveys, expert witness work, and medical writing.

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