Doctors have a very stress prone life, subjected to every contagion going round, on call at odd hours and often succumb to drug abuse as they have easy access. They have to keep reading as new science races ahead almost weekly. Only the specialist and/or business savvy ones make really big incomes. There are lots of expenses like their "rooms", insurance, equipment, registration, staff, record keeping and compliance. Engineers do not feature highly in stress and anxiety lists, and if prepared to roll up sleeves and travel they can earn highly.
I could have been a doctor but I faint at the sight of blood, including my own, and not into bodily fluids on a daily basis.
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Last edited at 11:57PM on 12/13/2012
Very true! Meant this to be a comment. My father was a doctor of internal medicine, afflicted with ALL of the above "benefits" of an extended education from institutes of reputable status, then and now. "Doctor heal thyself", was never part of the equation of success or life, but a constant downward spiral of despair.
It takes a special kind of person to be a doctor. Everyday treating people who are miserable and complaining and sick. Rarely seeing them when they are well and happy. Exposing yourself to illness everyday. The money is not that great any more unless you are in a specialty or a surgeon. So volunteer first to work in a doctors office and an engineers office. It will give you an idea of how you would like doing the job before you spend the money on education.