Lately I've been pondering how I'm going to be living my life a few years from now, and I've decided that I would like to pursue one of two paths. Now, let me state now that I am a freshman in high school and in no way have any intentions of making drastic decisions for the time being. However, I'd like some insight on your evaluations on my situation and perhaps some advice.
The two roads I was talking about are very different from each other. My first consideration is the going into the medical field (perhaps a pediatrician, I'm not too sure as to the specifics yet), while the other is pursuing a career in computer science.
The following are the pros and cons I have derived from reading and listening to experiences of others for each of the fields:
- Expensive schooling
- Long, not very flexible work hours
- Not positive if I'd enjoy diving into this field for the time being
- Flexible work hours
- Very intrigued by the field, have had a strong interest in this field for years
- Many opportunities
- Work from home
- "Rising industry"
- Income is far inferior to many professions in the medical field
- Work is not as rewarding, but I find myself having a passion for it at an early age
I find myself constantly working to learn more and more in the CS field on my own as time passes, but I feel this career path would be fairly risky and income could also be an issue. I have considered taking classes in both fields once I get to the college level, but I'd like some of your opinions on that topic beforehand as well.
What I'd like from you is:
- Do you feel I'm undermining passion for income as I lean toward the medical field?
- Which field would you recommend for a person in my situation?
- Are there any classes you'd recommend I take during high school that would benefit me in the medical career choice? I'm taking Pre-IB Biology and will be moving into Pre-IB Chemistry next year, but the electives are not very focused on anything "medical." Are there any general science classes that would help me out in the long run?
- Please, share personal experiences in either fields and let me know if I'm underrating the CS field. I'm sure there are many people on this board with great success in this field, but do you feel you'd have been better off taking a different field? Why or why not?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks!