The world of medicine is diverse and many opportunities await depending on your personality, likes, dislikes and talents. If the idea of a doctor doesn’t quite appeal to you, there are other health-care related careers to investigate. What about becoming a dentist or a veterinarian? Both of these are extremely rewarding careers and come with a nice salary to boot.
Simply put, dentists maintain the health of patients’ gums and teeth. This requires a number of responsibilities including examining x-rays, filling cavities, performing root canals and extracting teeth. This requires a tremendous amount of skill, focus and communication skills. There are specialty dental fields as well, such as orthodontists, who require further training and along with that, make more money.
Training and Education
It helps to take science courses in high school to help prepare for dental school. Physics, chemistry and biology are all good introductory courses. There are many dental schools throughout the country and most offer similar education levels. Aside from coursework, there will be plenty of lab work and simulation courses to prepare you for your dental career. Once you graduate you will have to complete a licensing exam as well.
Starting salaries for dentists can range from $100,000 – $120,000. If you want to specialize in a specific area, such as orthodontics, you can expect an even higher salary, up to $200,000.
In order to be a success as a veterinarian, you must have a passion for animals! This career involves the care of domestic animals, namely dogs and cats. Regular care including vaccinations will part of your every day job. You will also have to deal with illnesses and other conditions like ringworm and fleas.
Training and Education
Your career path as a vet includes obtaining a bachelor’s degree at a University in a related field. Then you must complete a four-year program to obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Once you’ve graduated you must write a licensing exam to start your practice. Courses can include chemistry, zoology, animal nutrition, genetics and biology. During your attendance at veterinary school, you can select a specialized area, such as farm animals, such as cows, sheep and horses, or small, domestic animals such as dogs and cats. Other specialized areas include scientific research and pharmaceutical research.
Starting salaries as veterinarians can be as high as $85,000 depending on your location and overall experience. More experienced vets can make up to $141,000 and large or farm animal vets can make even more. You can get started by opening up a practice and building it from the ground up; or, you can purchase an existing practice where client lists are already established and equipment is already there. Either way, you can expect a large cash outlay for your practice.
If you want a career as a health care professional there are many avenues to consider. Two of these are becoming a dentist or a veterinarian. Both offer amazing rewards and are satisfying, both professionally and financially.