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02-25-2012, 09:27 PM #1
Thinking about becoming a real estate agent/broker.
I am currently in college (Penn State), with intentions to attend medical school after four years to specialize in family medicine.
I consider myself a smart and well spoken person.
My dilemma is all the debt I will have accumulated by the time I am all done with schooling. I am also worried about the number of hours you must devote to become a doctor. While the money may be competitive, I don't know if it justifies the workload (schooling and actual practice).
To be honest, I have never been a big fan of college or higher education. I believe it makes sense for future doctors and lawyers, but for all other professions, you learn most of what you will need on the job. I also think a lot of what you learn is useless, as it's only intention is to satisfy the University, not one's major. I am not going to need to use the quadratic equation when determining if someone is hypertensive.
So know I am considering looking into the real estate business, as it is not needed to have a college diploma.
Am I crazy?
02-25-2012, 10:48 PM #2
Just have to question your character here as well, you say you want to go to in the medical field. Well if you want to improve the life of people then determining if your work load = schooling and practice shouldn't be on your mind. Just find out what makes you happy, doctor's take a huge sacrifice I'm sure.Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
02-25-2012, 11:52 PM #3
My occupational aspirations are heavily based on a financial standpoint.
I saw being a doctor as a great way to make money, and have great job security. I'm questioning myself at every turn, as I know there are easier ways to live a "wealthy" life, sacrificing the job security associated with being a doctor of some kind.
Fortunately, I am only a freshman in college, so I am not locked into any one thing.
02-29-2012, 11:01 PM #4
03-01-2012, 12:20 AM #5Junior Member
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A little off topic, but I was wondering if you could give me some info about your experience at Penn State. I've been accepted there and just attended the "Accepted Student Day for Engineers". I plan to major in industrial engineering. I'm also considering UConn and Virginia Tech. Any pointers or insider info would be awesome. Thank you for your time.
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04-21-2012, 11:26 PM #8Junior Member
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I was once in your same shoes. I was on the fence with med school for most of my bachelors degree. The time and money that you put in for the money that you will make eventually just did not seem worth it to me. Family practice is one of the lowest paying routes you can take as well after you complete med school. At the time I was looking family practice averaged around 150k. I am sure there are ways to supplement this with extra work. Also specialist can make a lot more depending on which residency you get accepted to. I am in no way trying to persuade you because it is something you will have to eventually decide for yourself. But, if you are just looking for a six figure pay check and want the quickest way to get there through school without substantial student loans go to pharmacy school. Right now the average salary is around 117k for a 40 hour work week. The salaries have increased by about 7% every year for the past 6 years do to the shortage of pharmacist. If you want to work the hours of a doctor then you can easily do so to supplement that. Anyways, this is the route I eventually settled on and don't regret it at all. Do some research and shadow, I am sure you can make a decision from there.
04-21-2012, 11:39 PM #9
Not to criticize, but Real Estate and Family Medicine are worlds apart from one another as far as schooling, job training, insurance, etc.
I believe it makes sense for future doctors and lawyers, but for all other professions, you learn most of what you will need on the job.
04-22-2012, 10:52 AM #10
Don't discount a military career, it doesn't have to be 20 years. In the last 8 years 3 of my dermatologist resigned their commissions for private practice, the current one is planning to do the same. Do you have ROTC on campus?Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do