Users in this career have rated it a 2.4 in terms of their own personal satisfaction with the career. This figure represents an average taken from the responses of 40 MyPlan.com users during registration.
Users were asked to rate their happiness in their current occupation as being either "Very Happy" (4), "Happy" (3), "Mixed / Neutral" (2), "Not Happy" (1), or "Miserable" (0).
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It requires a Ph.D. to advance in this career. I would recommend this career but you have to be very committed. I would choose this career again. It can be very rewarding from the point of view of being intellectually stimulating. However, it can be very competitive on the academic side because you must compete for funding from government agencies and private foundations. When the economy is tight, even senior researchers can lose their jobs.
My advice for anybody considering this career is that, the person first and foremost be sure he has a passion for helping people and in this case saving life which requires more than 100% passion. Then comes the technical capacity. Build up yourself with useful materials that will make you very successful and fulfilled.
I highly recommend this career but for those who have passion for humanity.
Yes I would love to re-live the experience again by choosing this career if I had to do it all over again.
The pros include the joy and fulfillment derived knowing that you are saving lives. You are respected and many people look up to you. Financially, it is highly rewarded.
The cons are having little time to socialize and with your family. Always be ready for any emergency calls.
That doctors do not eat an apple a day!
This career is exciting, but can be daunting at times. There are always things to discover and every day is a new day. One of the biggest drawbacks about the field is if your employment is dependent on grant-based research. If you run out of money and do not continue to have grant proposals approved, you may find yourself out of a job.