I am 16 years old. I am trying to decide on a profession. I have three choices.
1) pediatrician 2) pharmacist 3) forensic scientist. I have a passion for all three jobs.
I am just not sure what would be the right job for me. My long-term goal is to have
a several children a beautiful home for them to live in and a great job that I will
love for years on in. I was wondering what information could you provide me with to
help me decide which career would best suit my lifestyle I wish to have.
The Career Doctor responds:
Let me first state that at 16 you have many years ahead of you to further
your education and solidify your career goals. I admire your earnestness in
planning your future career and life plan but at your age so many things can
change so quickly — so be prepared for change. But to answer your question
here are snapshots of your three professions:
Pediatrician: Primary care pediatricians focus on the care of children from
birth to 21 years of age so you need to have a special interest in working with children
and their families. From immunizations to monitoring growth and development from
counseling on age-appropriate nutrition to guiding children and families through the
potentially tumultuous phases of puberty and adolescence prevention and health
maintenance underscore every patient care interaction. Pediatricians work with other
medical specialists and professionals to provide for the health and emotional needs
of children. The employment outlook for pediatricians is strong. Following graduation
from college you face 4 more years of medical school followed by 3 years of
education in an accredited pediatric residency program. The average pediatrician
makes about $140000 annually.
Learn more from Becoming
a Pediatrician from YourPediatrician.com Inc. Another great source is
Pediatrics 101 from the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
Pharmacist: Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health
practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They
advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection dosages interactions
and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use; clinical effects;
and composition of drugs including their chemical biological and physical properties.
Some pharmacists specialize in specific drug therapy areas such as intravenous
nutrition support oncology (cancer) nuclear pharmacy (used for chemotherapy) and
pharmacotherapy (the treatment of mental disorders with drugs). Employment of pharmacists is expected to grow by 22 percent between now and 2016 which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Median
annual earnings of pharmacists as of May 2006 were $94520.
Learn more from Pharmacists
from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can also find
many great articles and resources at the Website of the American
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Forensic Scientist: These professionals work with criminal investigators to
uncover the truth behind crimes by applying scientific procedures and techniques to
the examination of physical evidence that may assist in legal investigations. A forensic
scientist may specialize in chemistry physics biochemistry molecular biology botany
geology metallurgy pharmacology toxicology crime scene examination firearms
examination fingerprint and document examination. Salaries vary widely depending
on your forensic specialty and your level of education.
Learn more from the American Academy of Forensic