A doctor is someone who can help someone else in need. There are many
types of doctors, ranging from general pediatricians to specialists.
They are respected people and are looked to when something is wrong.
Everyone needs a doctor at some point, so doctors are very much in
I am interested in this career because I like to help people. Also, it
pays well so I can live off the salary. Another reason is because many
of my relatives are doctors, nurses, or dentists. Even though school and
training are very hard, it pays off in the end, when someone can make a
difference in someoneís life. I am not sure if I would like to be a
pediatrician, or a specialist. Specialists probably earn more money, but
do not do as much, and are required to learn more. I do not think I will
want to be a surgeon, because cutting people open and taking things out
does not seem very appealing.
To become a doctor, one must endure a lot of training and education. In
college, one must study courses to prepare for medicine, such as
biology, chemistry, and some advanced mathematics. It generally takes
seven to eight years to finish his education. The first four years, one
would take pre-med. classes. Then itís on to medical school, where for
four years one learns about the area of medicine one chooses. After
medical school, about one year of internship is needed. Then he becomes
a resident and practice medicine under supervision of a senior doctor.
All together, it is about 11 years before one actually become an
Doctors will always be needed. Because of this, and because of the
population growth, doctors will always be in demand and the profession
will continue to grow. This way, a doctor will be unemployed less, and
will be more secure, financially.
A doctor can earn from $60,000 to $700,000. Pediatricians and doctors at
free clinics earn the least, although they are probably the most needed.
There are many doctors that want to help children, so they become
pediatricians, even if they earn a little less than others. Specialists
earn a little more, from $90,000 to $200,000. These specialists range
from neurologists, dermatologists, and urologists to cardiologists. Of
course, the ones that are in need will earn more. The doctors that earn
the most are surgeons. Doctors that perform tonsillectomies will earn
less than plastic surgeons, and plastic surgeons will earn less than
cardiovascular surgeons and neurosurgeons. Anesthesiologists, who give
the patients shots during surgery, earn around $250,000 a year. The
fields that require more patients, nerve, and perfection earn the most
Doctors are needed all over the world. Thatís why they want to build a
hospital on an airplane. Everyone gets sick, so a doctor could go
anywhere and probably get a job. Of course, large cities will have more
hospitals, and need more doctors. However, if someone lives in a small
town, and he is the only doctor, then he will have people turn to him
whenever anyone in town gets sick.
Many companies will employ a doctor. Kaiser Permanente is a hospital
chain nearby. Community hospitals will employ doctors. Universities,
such as UCLA or UCI, also have hospitals where a doctor can work. One
can also go into practice by himself, although it is more risky. Doctors
can pretty much work anywhere.
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3. Konner, Melvin. Becoming a Doctor. Viking, 1987.
4. Rothstein, William G. American Medical Schools and the Practice of
Medicine: A History. Oxford, 1987.
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