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When entering into the medical field, is it better to major in nursing or biology?

Throughout most of my life, I always wanted to become a pediatrician. I love helping others and making a difference. Whether it be an accomplishment or a tough obstacle , everything you do in life reflects upon your character. I am kind , loving, and nurturing, which makes me gravitate more towards nursing. I also love biology, I have been fascinated with the subject since my freshman year of high school. #bio #biology #nursing #registered-nursing

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Eldon’s Answer

Nursing is both a major and a career. Biology is a major, but for most people, not a career.

With a nursing degree, you could work as a nurse at a pediatrician's office. Nursing is not a typical path to becoming a doctor.

For those who are planning to go to medical school, and be something like a pediatrician, Biology is a fairly common major.

I recommend you first decide if you'd rather be a nurse or a doctor. If you'd rather be a nurse, major in nursing. If you'd rather be a doctor, major in Biology or something similar. If the decision between nurse and doctor isn't clear, you should look more into the differences in required education, responsibilities, and salary.
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Jordan’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Orleisha!


Great to hear you are considering becoming a nurse! Here are some threads I picked out for you about studying nursing that can help you decide if that's what you would like to study vs biology:


http://careervillage.org/questions/674/what-steps-do-you-need-to-take-to-become-a-registered-nurse

http://careervillage.org/questions/1083/when-becoming-a-nurse-which-degree-is-better-to-get-first-msn-or-bsn

http://careervillage.org/questions/1016/what-is-the-difference-between-a-certified-nurse-and-nurse-practioner


Hope you find these helpful!

Best of luck!

Jordan

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