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what is better doctor and engineer?

i want to be a engineer but family dont

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ian’s Answer

in all honesty do what makes you happy young buck life is about becoming your own person not what your family wants


Doctor salary is one of the highest of all occupations, with a median wage equal to or greater than $208,000 per year1. However, doctor salary can vary widely depending on many factors, such as position, education, certifications, additional skills, and experience2. The range for the most popular doctor positions typically falls between $121,942 and $477,7262.



Job Type Average entry-level Average Salary Top 10%
Biomedical engineer $60,958 $95,090 $144,350
Chemical engineer $65,618 $114,470 $169,770
Civil engineer $56,152 $93,720 $142,560
Computer hardware engineer $71,007 $117,840 $172,630
Software engineer $68,436 $114,000 $166,960
Construction management engineer $55,795 $103,110 $161,510
Electrical engineer $64,936 $101,600 $153,240
Electrical engineering technology N/A $86,690 $133,280
Environmental engineer $55,884 $92,640 $137,090
Geological and mining engineer $61,977 $98,420 $151,030
Geospatial science and technology engineer $49,571 $68,340 $101,400
Materials science and engineering $65,806 $96,930 $148,110
Mechanical engineer $61,538 $92,800 $136,550
Mechanical engineering technology N/A $99,310 $154,720
Surveying engineer $48,360 $66,440 $102,220
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Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer

Michel,

Both of those careers will require some work and discipline, and if you're not sure about wanting to be in that career, then it could be hard for you to realize that goal.

Ian provided some good advice in his comments, it's time for you to figure out what you really like. It's also important for you to figure out what you are good at, and what you want to learn about. When you are interested in a topic, it will motivate you to stick with the courses through graduation.

It maybe helpful to start by taking a few courses at a local community college in your area to explore some of the different math and science courses that will be required to enter a doctor or an engineering job.

Good luck.
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Marlyce’s Answer

Michel,

I truly believe your family will embrace whatever path you decide to follow. Remember, it's your life and your joy that's crucial. Both professions offer a myriad of specializations to explore.

Perhaps it would be beneficial to have an open discussion with your family. Share your aspirations and reasons behind them. Encourage them to express their reasons for wanting you to pursue a medical career.

Becoming a doctor is a significant investment, both financially and in terms of time. It requires several years of rigorous study and specialization. Doctors are indeed essential, but if your passion doesn't lie there, it could make the journey difficult and less fulfilling.

I wish you the best of luck and hope that your family will stand by your choice.

Stay positive,
Marlyce
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Aliza’s Answer

Hi Michel!

I agree with the previous responses - ultimately, you should do what makes you happy. What you decide to do as a career will be what you have to wake up and do every day for many years and I believe you will be better at it if you love it.

Ian's salary ranges above are a great consideration, but also consider that it takes many years - and a lot of money - to become a doctor and earn the high salary. It is possible to make similar money earlier in some engineering roles as well. Ultimately, I would suggest seeing if you can shadow a doctor and an engineer to see what their day-to-day is like. For doctor's especially, it really takes a lot of passion to have that career, so I would make sure that you like that type of work before you decide to major in it.

Finally, you have a year or two into college to try different courses before you really have to dig into your major and career path, so try to explore in that regard as well!
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