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Question by a: Medical careers in demand in big cities?
I want to do something in the medical field but can’t decide what. I don’t want to be a doctor. I want something in high demand that I could get fairly easily in a large city.
By fairly easy I meant easy to find a job, not easy as in education. Apparently it is not easy to find a job in big cities at all for some things such as dentistry. By big city I mean New York, LA, or something like those. I would prefer not to be in school for a really long time, but I guess I might need to. I want to make at least $ 80,000 per year.
Answer by Simpson G
In a large city, just about everything in medicine is in high demand, other than things like billing & coding.
You need to sit yourself down and figure out how much you want to earn, what kind of stress level you want, how long you are willing to go to school, what kinds of things interest you, what kind of hours you want, and what you consider a “large city”. Do you want to be in patient care, back office or dealing with patients in a non caregiver manner? You can then edit these back in under “add details” or start a new question. Right now, the answer to your question is everything from CNA or receptionist up to CEO of a hospital or group. Everything from MA to RN to PT to CRNA to PA is in between.
If “fairly easily” means under a year of training, that limits you to LPN, MA, CNA, Phlebotomy, and possibly a few other short courses. LPN and MA are HIGHLY competitive jobs with lots of applicants, so it’s not an easy thing by any means. If you have the resume and the brains to do the work, it should be easy to find work. If you are a brain dead young twenties for whom facebook is more important than working, you will have problems.
And remember, the less time it take to train you, the less you make. It’s hard to live comfortably on $ 14/hr in a city like LA. That’s enough to qualify for a $ 600/month rental (assuming 25% tax rate) and a $ 250 car payment (a fairly basic Chevy Spark hits around here). If you max those out, that’s over 46% of your income before car insurance, gas, rental insurance, etc.
Unrelated addendum: Too bad ‘mj forver’ has me blocked still. I’d love to give him help, but he blocked me ages ago for telling another answerer that his answer was wrong. Ages ago. And the answer *was* incorrect (or rude, I can’t remember).
++Edit: Not in school “a long time” doesn’t mean anything. A number means something.
$ 80k is above median salary for RNs, but an experienced nurse working overtime and maxing out hours in a larger metropolitan area should make in that area. That’s 4 years of schooling.
If you are willing to do 6 years of schooling, then PA and NP will get you in that ballpark without having to kill yourself with overtime.
You say ‘something like LA or NYC’, but there aren’t too many cities in the US like those.
For cost of living, DC, Boston, San Diego, and Honolulu are pretty much all that come close, for metropolitan cities in the US.
For population, the NYC metro area is more than twice that of #3 and 50% more than #2, which is the LA metro area. Chicago is #3 and LA has more than 1/3 more people than it. #4 is Dallas. NYC has 200% more population than it. LA is double the population.
The point being that nothing is “like” those cities in the US.
Remember that in larger cities, $ 80k doesn’t go too far. That’s a $ 300,000 house. Let’s say you work at UCLA med center. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1850-W-80Th-St_Los-Angeles_CA_90047_M15843-74893?row=7 is what $ 300,000 looks like in that area. (I did a search for $ 0-$ 300,000 within 10 miles of 90095). I know, it’s ridiculous that you can’t live comfortably on that side of LA even though you make more than 75% of Americans.
I don’t mean to be a killjoy, I just always feel like a dose of reality and critical thinking can help make decisions.
Anyway, nursing is something to look into. If you are smart about making contacts and lining up jobs before graduation, you should work quickly after graduation. You will have to work your butt off to get those contacts, maintain them, and utilize them, but to get a decent job, it’s what you have to do. Once you’ve put in time in nursing, you can start looking at returning to school to do a Nurse Practitioner program or a CRNA program. CRNAs can make $ 150k rather easily, if you live in an area that uses them. NPs shouldn’t have a problem finding regular work at $ 80k+.
It’s my understanding that SoCal is highly highly competitive for new nurses and that it’s one of the few markets where nursing isn’t a sure thing plan. If you like city life but also want the perks of finding a job and a lower cost of living, it may be wise to look at smaller cities. Seattle and Portland will keep you on the West Coast but with a MUCH lower cost of living and an expanding job market. If you want the south, New Orleans is actually growing by leaps and bounds in population, and talk about culture! Raleigh and Charlotte aren’t the NE, but are East Coast cities with rapid population growth and a fairly big city feel. Nothing like LA or NYC, but affordable and growing – two things that are great when starting out.
Again, Good Luck!!
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