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Is there such a degree or career that makes as much as a lawyer/doctor, but does not take 8+ years?

It's pretty sad. I am a nursing student and I am looking around and thinking...Dear Lord..our country is going to shambles. I went to a flea market in NJ (from NYC) to see if I could sell down there..to make enough to get myself through college ( it's 21k per year and I'm not a minority..nor do I have children..so I cannot receive financial aid at the moment). I went there and was saddened. Gosh, it was the poorest (sp) of the poor all killing themselves to sell super cheap stuff and BARELY selling anything. It was like walking into a nazi ghetto. Ok...maybe not so much..but it was muddy...tables thrown together everywhere...just bad. I started to think. Gosh, a lot of nurses that I know can barely find a job...that is how bad it is out there. The USA is bringing foreign nurses in (as if there are even that many jobs) and new grads (NURSES) are going on 8 months of not being able to find a job. I know an experienced nurse who was laid off and took 4 months to land her next job. Ugh..and this is in NYC. :-/ My Dad is a Sr. Civil Engineer...VP @ his firm. They made him take a 30% paycut and fire 70 engineers. ENGINEERS??? My friend with a Finance degree had to temp for $11/hr (in NYC) for almost half a year before she could land a perm sub par job. Ok..so enough of my rambling...I'm sure others have seen this right? Or am I overly aware? It's really scary and unfortunate that american citizens are going down like this. So it got me to thinking. What can I do to get ahead? Food, jewelry, cars, businesses...it seems there are a 100 other people competing with you and driving down the price. And I thought of the ONE profession that isn't in any danger. DOCTORS. Dentists and MD. I'm actually really interested in Naturopathic Med and would like to become a N.D. ...that will be 9-12 years of my life. Are there even any decent careers that take less than 6 years of college anymore?...and that pay somewhat comparable to a doctor? I mean..not even 200,000 a year..but STABLE? Thoughts? It just struck me..I think even lawyers are struggling right now. Nothing seems safe anymore..unless you wanna go to med school! That's a nice hole of debt I can dig myself into. Ha! That's sad :-/

Asked By: Lola - 11/15/2009
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I am a retired research scientist. If you are willing to get a PhD in a field such as Chemistry, Physics or Biochemistry there are excellent career opportunities for you. However if you only have a Bachelor of Science degree you are probably out of luck.
Answered By: Mike - 11/15/2009
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Yes. Professional athletes make millions per year. Businesses are looking for experience. If you don't have experience and a college degree...... then you need to lie to them and tell them you have an mba along with 10 years experience working at some company.
Answered By: Lois Griffin - 11/15/2009
 
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Answered By: dwoodall - 11/15/2009
 
It takes seven years to be a lawyer by the normal route. If you take summer classes in undergrad and law school you could probably speed it up by a year or two. There are BS/MD joint degree programs that take less than eight. Keep in mind that most things worth doing are difficult... More
Answered By: Big Beautiful Man - 11/15/2009
 
Well - if you're a nursing student, you must not be all that interested in making a boat-load of money, but more interested in helping the sick. Stick with it would be my advice.
Answered By: Paul Revere - 11/15/2009
 
I have a Masters in Computer Science which took 6 years and I am now a UNIX engineering team lead. My employer is paying for my MBA so I am hoping to move up to Director of IT or CIO... More
Answered By: Thomas D - 11/15/2009
 
The health care reform will change the doctors from cash cows gouging for millions to working like the rest of the country for a living. Become a licensed auto mechanic and join the legions cheating as a profession in capitalism. Grow a garden and surround it with an electric fence....
Answered By: Ayatollah - 11/15/2009
 
My advice is do exactly what you want to do. In the scheme of things in your life, it will work out. You will live for a long time, and the time you took to follow your dreams will not matter if you are truly following your dreams. Don't put yourself in a field you don't particularly like if it is not in your heart... More
Answered By: ℃ȁṛㅉḝň☂ - 11/15/2009
 
There is no money in nursing but there is potential to maximize your earnings. For example, you can become a traveling nurse, it pays agency rates and you get to travel for free. If you specialize in OR nursing or ICU, you will always have a job in nursing. You can get an advanced degree in nursing and make a decent... More
Answered By: chancealot - 11/15/2009
 
That's what happens in a septic system like NYC and NJ.... Where I live, there are pleanty of jobs, especially for nurses....(in Texas) I don't know what you're looking for in a career, but nothing comes easy...... you'll h ave to work for it by getting the training and education required....
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