Originally Posted by 83glt
If I could start over, I'd be a doctor. I think it's the most brilliant career. You make good money, you help people, and you work with people (or you don't, depending on your specialty and preference). It's perfect. That or engineer because I like to tinker with things.
Plenty of people would disagree with this:
study >10years before making decent money; This means not only do you have a shitty student loan, you also miss out on the mid twenties, which is the sweet spot when most people make a decent living but have zero responsibility (kids, mortgage etc).
Work very long hours when you do finally get out of college, in a very stressful environment in which your decisions decide whether people live or die.
Have the burden of constantly having to study to stay up to date with a rapidly evolving field
Have to deal with people (can be good, can be bad).
Drug addicts trying to score, dealing with people who have no health insurance, dealing with people who are going to die, dealing with people who are going to sue your ass at every opportunity.
that's all i can think of now. I still think it'd be a rewarding job, but still not that great.