Helping people is great, but let’s be honest, those $300,000 in loans you owe won’t pay themselves. If you’re a med student who is “all about the Benjamins,” here’s where you can find them.
- Invasive Cardiologist: $525,000
Have a heart, people. Become a cardiologist. Not to be confused with cardiothoracic surgery, invasive cardiology involves minor procedures such as pacemaker insertions. That salary without being on the hook for heart transplants? I’d say invasive cardiology is a solid specialty choice.
- Orthopedic Surgeon: $497,000
Orthopedists or bone doctors treat and manage all musculoskeletal system’s conditions. These include joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and skin conditions. This specialty requires many years of training and currently ranks as the highest paid medical specialty in the United States. Orthopedic surgeons correct bone abnormalities through casts, braces and surgery.
- Gastroenterologist: $455,000
Gastroenterology is among the highest paid medical specialties. A gastroenterologist diagnoses and treats illnesses that affect the digestive system, as well as recommending prevention measures. Gastroenterologists analyze the movement of food in the digestive system and its nutritional use. These physicians mostly work in private clinics with their team.
- Urologist: $412,000
Urologists specialize in diagnose and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the genitourinary tract and organs. Many of these disease and conditions affect the male reproductive system. They also affect kidneys, urinary bladder, urethra and prostate. In women, the conditions affect the urinary tract.
- Dermatologist: $412,000
Dermatologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing ailments that affect the skin. They treat conditions such as acne, skin cancer, melanomas, dandruff, moles, contact dermatitis, allergic and non-allergic disorders. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose all skin conditions including immunologic, infectious, neo-plastic and degenerative diseases. They conduct medical therapies, surgical and cosmetic procedures depending on the patient’s condition.
- Anesthesiologist: $358,000
Anesthesiologists specialize in taking care of patients before, during and after a surgery. They are responsible for the safety of surgery patients. They provide general and regional anesthesia after analyzing the patients’ state of health and nature of the planned surgery. Anesthesiologists manage acute postoperative pain and other conditions such as cancer pain, blood transfusion therapy and respiratory therapy.
- Plastic Surgeon: $354,000
Plastic surgery involves restoration of normal function of different parts of the body. The main areas of work for plastic surgeons include congenital deformities, trauma and burns, and tissue reconstruction in degenerative conditions. Plastic surgeons correct physical deformities caused by skin, breast, head, neck and sarcoma cancers. In addition, plastic surgery includes normalizing and improving the appearance of anatomical sites.
- Radiologist: $351,000
Physicians who specialize in radiology focus on radiological methods of diagnosing and treating diseases. They use different methods to diagnose diseases:by images. These radiological methods include diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear radiology, magnetic resonance, interventional procedures and computed tomography. The development of radiological technology has increased the demand for radiologists in the last ten years.
- Emergency Medicine Specialist: $345,000
Emergence medicine is a medical field in which doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of urgent and acute illnesses and injuries. Emergency physicians work with limited information to make time-pressured diagnoses of patients’ conditions. They conduct initial assessments of emergency cases and may conduct initial resuscitations when necessary. Emergency physicians work in challenging and high-pressured environments daily.
- General Surgeon: $339,000
A general surgeon treats and performs surgeries on abdominal contents which include the stomach, bowel, esophagus and colon. A wide spectrum of diseases can affect abdominal contents. Hence, most patients require surgical treatment and regular checkups after surgery. This makes this specialty among the most demanding and highest paid medical specialties.
No one ever said becoming a doctor was easy. Medical school is competitive, rigorous and expensive. If you’re going to invest the considerable time, effort and money necessary to earn your M.D. or D.O., then you want your medical career to be rewarding enough – financially and otherwise – to make your work worthwhile.