Anonymous User wrote:Certain specialties in medicine are much more stressful than others (like surgery, OBGYN). And some of them have pretty easy residencies if you're looking at hours alone (like psychology, anesthesiology, etc).
The main issue with medicine is that it takes way too long to finish, the debt is obscene, there's a shitty ROI unless you're an orthopedic surgeon or whatever, there's a lot of bureaucratic paperwork, workload is increasing due to corporate takeovers, and if you don't love working, it's probably the wrong field to be in since the average working hours are still longer than 40 hours per week and you don't even make money until your 30s. The average doctor only makes like 200-300k, which IMO is shit given how much schooling, debt, and time is involved. I mean, c'mon, programmers make 200k in California starting out of college if you're decent.
It's much better to just go into nursing or become a PA or whatever if you want to go into healthcare. Nurses make pretty good money for their education and they work in fewer hour shifts. And they can easily switch practice areas, unlike physicians who would have to do residencies all over again unless you want to work in some shitty urgent care clinic. Even in the South, nurses can easily make 70-80k with just 2 years of schooling. If you do that at age 22, you'll have a less stressful life than a doctor and probably net out with a higher ROI.
Lesson learned kids - don't go to grad school unless you LOVE spending your life working/wasting away your youth on bullshit. These professions don't pay nearly enough to make it worth it. At the end of the day, a job is just a job. Unless this "profession" is your calling and your only passion (and I mean this literally), there are much easier routes in life to make a comfortable living than doing professional school.
Just a few corrections: Doctors that make 200k+ work far, far more than 40 hours/week. Source: dad was a doctor.
Starting programmers in SF (not Cali generally) get just a touch over 100k generally. The jobs offering fat bonuses and high pay are about as abundant as above-market law firm jobs. Sure, you could get rich with equity at a startup, but just lol at "just do startup bro." Their hours are just as long as biglaw, if not worse. (Google says "Average" programming pay in SF is 80k, but I had friends starting around 130k.)
Had more nursing major friends than I can count in UG. Caught up with some of them. If you're doing psych, it's pretty chill. If you're in an high-pressure environment like ER, biglaw is 100x preferable. Most other ones suck too. Try spending long ass hours giving dying people sponge baths and cleaning their shit bins.
Union crane operators in NYC make 500k, according to some NYT article, so maybe do that? Trade craft/union shit is how you make comfortable living with a chill lifestyle. Dentistry/dermatology, anesthesiology as mentioned earlier, seem chill for high pay.
Professional school is the only way most people can hit high salaries. If you're happy making 80-100k for the rest of your life (adjust accordingly for inflation), obv don't go to professional school. If you ever want to break 200k, either be a union crane operator in NYC or professional school it is.