Many of us probably wanted to be doctors growing up, or at least played at doctors and patients. Even if we didn’t know very much about the profession or what kind of high-level of education was required to for it, the job still seemed exciting and well-respected. Of course, as we get older we come to know it's also one of the highest-paying careers in the world.
It's no surprise, then, that doctors are often glamorised through popular culture. Television shows like ER (once featuring hunk George Clooney), Grey’s Anatomy, and House have dominated the airwaves with dramatic story lines and over-the-top characters. Doctors always seem wonderfully heroic, rushing through emergency rooms to save a child’s life or as getting to the bottom of a medical mystery. In real life, there’s no question that they are intelligent, often brave, and almost certainly well off.
How rich? In comparison to most average careers, very.
According to Forbes Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review, a doctor can make almost $1 million a year, depending on the medical field in which they specialise. While reading this article, it might be easy to start second-guessing your earlier career goals, or that rebellious phase you had as a youth when you did everything in your power to be nothing like your parents. Regardless of a doctor’s specialization, the profession still ranks as the highest paying in North America.
10 Dermatologist: $465,543
9 Anesthesiologist — Pain Management: $502,775
8 Pediatric Surgeon: $505,281
7 Radiologist — Diagnostic-Invasive: $513,000
6 Orthopedic Surgeon — Trauma: $562,688
5 Cardiovascular Surgeon: $567,171
4 Dermatologist — Mohs Surgeon: $586,083
3 Cardiologist: $601,111
2 Neurological Surgeon: $701,927
1 Orthopedic Surgeon — Spine: $714,088
Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the musculoskeletal system and anything that makes the body move. Surgeons in the field can take on patients who suffer from broken bones, torn ligaments, and muscle diseases. However, spine injuries are so complex that many hospitals and treatment centres have entire divisions dedicated to their treatment. Among other things, spine disorders can be caused by growth disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and spina bifida. Treatments of spine disorders span from invasive to non-invasive surgery and preventative medicine. Orthopedic surgeons who work exclusively in spinal disorders top out as the highest-paying doctors on the job at well over $700 thousand per year.
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