The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use the anonymous form below, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.

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Dear Readers:

Dear Readers:

Your Career Doctor is very happy to receive all the interesting questions you send in. I like a good challenge. However, almost once a week I receive a question about medical school: How do I become a doctor? How much do pediatricians make? What kind of doctor earns the most money? Which doctors have the least stressful jobs?

I have answered these questions repeatedly and now I say "Enough!" No more questions like this about medicine! Hereís why:

1. To get through medical school and be a good doctor, you need to be able to work hard and do research. If you are computer literate enough to find the Career Doctor and send her a question, but too lazy to at least check the list of topics she has answered, or Google physician salaries, you probably don't have what it takes to be a doctor.

2. No one should become a physician just for the money. Yes, Forbes recently reported that nine out of ten of the highest paying jobs were in the medical/dental field. (Surgeons topped the list making an average of $181,000 a year.) But donít forget that Chief Executive Officers in corporations were also on that list and earned an average of $141,000. So, anyone who simply wants to earn a lot of money should get an MBA and forget about becoming a physician.

Whew! I feel a lot better. The crankiness is all out of my system and I am ready for some good questions. So unless you have a unique question about medicine like, "How can I deal with a med school professor who gropes me?" your Career Doctor has decided she will answer no more questions about how to get into medical school or how much doctors make!

The Career Doctor

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The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.