It can be difficult when you’re just out of high school to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. If you’ve started a career and you are not happy with your choice, you can always change careers. You are never too old or too inexperienced! Life is full of opportunities and there is no reason for missing out on a career that you love! Two great career paths to consider are: a paralegal and a pediatrician. Both make great money, and are incredibly satisfying.
The law is complex and lawyers depend a great deal on paralegals to help them with research and everyday tasks. Also known as a legal assistant, the responsibilities are many and can include:
- Researching previous cases related to an upcoming trial
- Assisting with legal documents, organizing paperwork and making sure the lawyer you’re working with has all the information they need so that they can do their job
- Interviewing clients and passing on relevant information
- Presenting applications to judges
Education and training
Paralegal programs are available at many colleges and Universities across the country. Programs are normally eight semesters and some may offer co-op or field placements. Some courses may also be eligible to be taken online via distance education. This program is an ideal alternative to obtaining a full law degree which can take many years.
Salary ranges for paralegals are anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000, depending upon location and experience. Working in large firms and government offices will usually net a hire salary than working for a small or up-and-coming firm.
If you love children and have a passion for medicine and health-care, you might want to consider a career as a pediatrician. While this may take years to achieve, the results are incredibly satisfying! Pediatricians are responsible for the health and care of infants, children and adolescents. They provide regular health-care as well as treatments and procedures for various illnesses and diseases.
Education and training
This specialized career requires a bachelor’s degree, as well as several years in medical school to earn an MD degree. Once that is obtained, there are more specialized courses and training to treat children and infants. Several years of Residency is a part of the training. This could take 10 years or more to obtain. Courses include anatomy, child psychology, and science courses such as chemistry, biology and physics.
All of that schooling definitely pays off! A pediatrician’s salary can be anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 per year. Like most careers, your pay will increase with each year of experience. Working in large hospitals or large metropolitan centers will usually pay more than smaller cities and clinics.
Both paralegal and pediatrician careers are fulfilling; choosing the one that’s right for you will depend on your own personality, your likes, dislikes and your natural talents and skills. When you consider a second career, take into consideration how long the schooling will take and how much money you can afford to spend.