Top 10 Reasons to Become a Doctor

Becoming a licensed doctor is a milestone and aspiration for many individuals. It earns them a title which comes with prestige, respect and affluence. If you have the skill and knack to become a doctor, you should apply. If you have a hard time getting into competitive and prestigious schools, you can try applying to schools in the Caribbean or in Europe. Noting the greater advantages, this article will examine the top 10 reasons people should become a doctor. Do not be discouraged by the prerequisites and long schooling. The advantages will outweigh the disadvantages.


1. Money

According to NY Times, a general practitioner makes around $107,000 USD in Canada, $161,000 USD in the United States and $ 118,000 USD in the United Kingdom. Specialist also make approximately $230,000 USD in United States, $161,000 USD in Canada and 180,000 USD in UK. An average person in the United States makes around $50,000 and $40,000 in the United States. One becoming a doctor will definitely have a monetary advantage.


2. Respect:

A doctor of medicine carries a degree of respect from the community. Doctors are heroes who make life and death decisions to help others. The also put their best practice at work to help others who they may or may not be able to save. Doctors who join the organization Doctors without Borders have ever further respect for bravery. They put themselves in the line of fire to help those struck by famine and warfare.


3. Opportunities:

When one goes into Medicine, the opportunities are countless. There are various degrees of specializations doctors could pursue. They could continue to research in their field and develop advice and treatments to better help those in need. Government grants are available and those who work with universities do get funding as well. When you become a doctor you are not just a medic, you are a specialist in lungs, kidneys, liver, dermatology etc.


4. Influence:

If patients want to get better they need to listen to their doctor`s advice. No matter what the patient thinks, they cannot live without the doctor. If the doctor wants to get a patient to stop smoking, he will have concrete analysis done to influence and suede the patient. He/she would have more influence than family members because he/she can pinpoint individual health problems which scare patients.


5. Make a difference:

Whoever wants to work somewhere where the morale is low? There are going to be times where you cannot save a life or make a difference. Many of the times, you will be able to make a difference and create a smile on a child’s or patient’s face. For example, which doctor would not be proud of treating a 99 year old woman for a minor flu? At the end of the day this woman is able to independently check herself out and leave the hospital with ease. Who would not feel great for making that difference?


6. Social Interaction

The medical doctor profession is a social one. It requires bonding, social skills and understanding on the part of the doctor. Many doctors would be surprised with a two way street. Patients do not just learn from their visit, doctors do too. There is nothing better than giving friendly advice to those needing it urgently.


7. Prestige:

If you want to have prestige and an excellent reputation, going into medical school and becoming a doctor is your best bet. Unlike lawyers, doctors never lie. They have to tell all patients the truth, no matter what the consequences may be. They won`t be doctors if they tell lies. These lies could be exposed, leading to lawsuits and malpractice action suits.


8. You are inquisitive:

The medical profession allows you to explore everything. While being a doctor you would be able to learn more about the human body more than anyone else both inside and out. Each time you dig in, you will find and learn something new.


9. Patient:

Patients are always fussy especially when they wait to see the doctor for hours. They may scream their frustration out on doctors and antagonize him/her to get what they want. Doctors need to be patient at all times even when someone is going crazy on them. They furthermore need to know how do de-escalate problems before they arise. If you are patient, this profession is for you.


10. Fast Acting:

If you act fast and know how to spontaneously think, this profession is also for you. The medical profession never gives a doctor a second chance. Doctors need to think fast in order to treat each case carefully. One wrong move could lead to life and death situations.


RAMPELL, CATHERINE. “How Much Do Doctors in Other Countries Make? –” The Economy and the Economics of Everyday Life – Economix Blog – Web. 20 June 2011. .

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2 Responses


    I wonder if being greedy might be a reason. I guess its similar to the #1 reason but I wonder if some people become doctors just for the benefits even though they might not enjoy it. Another reason might be that some family memembers push there children to become doctors.

  2. Isabel

    Ahhh this is so great! It definitely reaffirms I’ve made the right choice! Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to be a doctor (actually I’m lying – technically I wanted to be a princess for a few years) but I’m now ready to start applying for jobs and im mildly terrified haha! In fact I’ve actually got an interview next week so I think I’m about to burst from equal stress and excitement I’m normally pretty terrible at interviews at the best of times because I panic and just start mumbling and blurting out really stupid things, so this is actually going to be a massive comfort, so thank you for writing this! As a general question, does anyone know if nursing interviews are generally quite stressful and difficult? Can I expect to be thoroughly grilled (I just want to make sure that I’m prepared!) Any tips or helpful stories would also be massively appreciated haha! Also (sorry I know I’m waffling) but on the likely off chance that this interview doesn’t go well – does anyone know any sites or companies that I could look through to find some jobs? My nurse friend sent me this link to a company ( has anyone used them? Are they good to go through? I mean I do completely trust my friend and all – but it’s still good to get a second opinion! It would definitely be a massive help to get some suggestions or recommendations of good health care job sites/recruiters! Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate the help!


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