4 Reasons to be a Doctor, Not a Lawyer
Very often, one of the fringe benefits of being a Type A smarty-pants is that you don’t have to bother with the paradox of choice. From early on, you stand before two paths, law and medicine. Maybe engineering and finance are somewhere in the mix too, but in the end you’ve dismissed them as middling alleys. If you’ve opted for scrubs instead of pinstripes, take heart. You’re on the right track. Here are some of the reasons why.
1. You’ll be in demand
The projected physician shortage everyone keeps talking about is no joke. Just ask the Association of American Medical Colleges, whose research determined a shortfall of up to 90,000 doctors. A significant number – to the tune of 12,500 to 31,100 – of that shortage will be primary care physicians. The federal government agrees. Growing awareness about this need bodes well not only for communities, but Caribbean medical school graduates, who go into primary care more than any other area of medicine.
2. You’ll be happy
At least compared to JDs. Check out this recent study that the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation published in the Journal of Addictive Medicine. The study concluded that a lawyer could “experience problematic drinking at a higher rate than other professional populations. Mental health distress is also significant.”
3. As a 2016 law school graduate your greatest job prospects are in Big Law
Yeah, yeah, we know—corporations have been people for six years now. But at 7, after your parents were done quizzing you with LSAT flashcards and you finished your Cocoa Krispies, did you really daydream about finding loopholes for agribusiness conglomerates? A future in law looks more like Suits than To Kill a Mockingbird or Erin Brockovich.
(But are they really, Mitt?)
4. People will like you
However undeserved, lawyers are held in much lower esteem by the general public than doctors. Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by Gallup responded that would rate “the honesty and ethical standards,” of MDs “Very high/High.” Only 21 percent could say the same for lawyers. (In case you’re wondering, it’s lobbyists that really need to walk around with a body double.)