Careers For The Ambitious Minded

Pediatrician

There are many exciting opportunities out there today, and it can be difficult to decide what career is best. The career path you choose will depend on various factors, such as age, amount of schooling you want to do, how much money you want to make and what your natural talents are. Two well-paying and rewarding careers are in the legal and health fields. A Paralegal and a pediatrician are worthwhile careers that can pay extremely well.

Paralegal

Job Description

Paralegals work alongside attorneys to help with their day-today activities as well as trial work. They can also be referred to as legal assistants. Because the law is complex, lawyers depend on paralegals to provide them with the necessary documents, and conduct research into case studies, etc. They are an invaluable member of a legal team.

Education and Training

Most paralegal courses are done at the college level and take at least 12 months to complete. These may include co-op placements but it varies from school to school. Courses include research skills, law and English.

Salary

The salary of a paralegal can range from $25,000 to $45,000 depending upon experience, and placement. Government offices, for example, will pay higher wages than a small law firm. The demand for paralegals is expected to grow throughout the next few years, as more companies hire paralegals to help cut down on legal costs.

Pediatrician

Job Description

Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in the care of infants, children and adolescents. They are responsible for the care of children who have been referred to them by regular medical professionals. They also work to diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases.

Education and Training

Pediatricians follow the same education route as other doctors. Most will complete a bachelor’s degree program and then move on to pursue a medical degree from an accredited medical school. Before being accepted into a medical school, an admissions test must be taken (and passed). The road to becoming a doctor and then a specialist in pediatrics can take more than 10 years, with several years of residency programs on top of that. Required courses include     Anatomy, physhology, pathology, chemistry, biology, physics, biochemistry, and physiology. The education required for becoming a pediatrician is not an easy one, but it is incredibly rewarding for those who love to work with children.

Salary

Pediatricians can make anywhere from $100,000 – $200,000 depending upon the location. As a pediatrician you can also expect to earn up to $30,000 in bonuses and more than $35,000 in profit sharing. As with most careers, pay will rise with each year of added experience. A residency program will also start you off at a higher pay rate.

It’s never easy trying to decide which career is best for you; after all, it’s a decision that will impact your entire life. Take the time to research several careers and career paths and choose the one that fits best with your talents, likes and goals. This will give you immense satisfaction as you go to work looking forward to each day.