Doctors are some of the most respected professions in any community around the world, because they’re the ones that people turn to when they’re unwell. Doctors are also known to be some of the highest-paid professionals in the world as well. Maybe you’ve been debating whether or not this is the right career path for you. Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of being a physician, plus a list of the highest paid physicians.
Highest Paying Physician Jobs 2022
As of May 2022, these are the average annual salaries of some of the highest-paying physicians jobs in America.
Cardiologists are physicians who diagnose and treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels (the cardiovascular system).
Anesthesiologists are the physicians who administer anesthesiology to patients before they undergo major and minor surgeries.
Neurologists are physicians who diagnose and treat conditions related to the nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.
Surgeons are physicians who actually perform surgery. They can specialize in a specific form of surgery, such as neurosurgery.
Oncologists are physicians who treat cancer patients. They can be radiologists, surgeons, or other specific types of medical doctors.
Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physicians specialize in women’s reproductive health, which includes labor and delivery for pregnant women.
Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the medical care of children under the age of 18. Some may even only see children under the age of 13.
Primary Care Physicians: $164,000
Primary care physicians (PCP) are the first doctors contacted by patients to address non-emergency medical needs. They’re also known as internal medicine doctors and/or family medicine doctors, depending on their specifications.
Optometrists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the eyes.
Podiatrists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the feet.
Pharmacists are responsible for filling and refilling prescription medications to patients as directed by the patients’ primary care physicians.
Why Choose a Career in Medicine?
The most obvious reason to pursue a career in medicine is because it’s your passion. Being a doctor is one of the most rewarding careers in the world because you get to help people. No two patients are the same, so the difference you make in each person’s life is always unique. Medicine is also a very challenging career, so if you like challenges that involve making a positive difference, then this is the career for you.
Pros of Being a Physician
As noted above, physicians make a very good living as the majority of the average salaries are above $100,000 per year. This is a good trade-off for such a challenging job that also requires many years of schooling— which can be expensive. However, you should want to become a physician because it’s your passion, not just because it pays well.
Being a physician also gives you the opportunity to travel the world. You can start your own “traveling practice” so you can travel to other countries to help those who may not have access to sufficient medical care. Another option is to be a locum tenens physician, meaning you get to fill in temporarily for another doctor.
One last benefit is that you’ll never have to worry about not being able to find a job as a physician. Job security is guaranteed in the medical field, especially for doctors. Even with technology constantly making its way into virtually every field of work, the healthcare industry still largely relies on human interaction and knowledge.
Cons of Being a Physician
There are some downsides that come with being a physician. As mentioned above, medical school can be expensive, and it’s another four years of schooling plus three to seven years of residency, depending on the specialization you choose.
Not only is medical school long, but so are the hours that you work. Physicians may have to work nights, weekends, and holidays— unless they’re private practice physicians with traditional hours. However, good physicians are always available (on-call) for their patients.
If becoming a physician is your passion, then the time (and money) it takes to complete medical school and the long hours you’ll have to put in will be worth it to you— and the salary is just the icing on the cake. If this is a career path you can see yourself in, then you should look into it.