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Stressful Jobs That Pay Badly

November 16, 2009 2 comments

This recent article from CNN and some of the ensuing comments make for a good laugh! Here are the candidates:

Social worker: $43,200
Special events coordinator: $35,900
Probation/parole officer: $38,400
News reporter: $32,900
Music ministry director: $40,800
Membership manager: $42,600
Fundraiser: $42,700
Commercial photographer: $43,600
Assisted living director: $46,000
Minister: $45,300
Marriage/family therapist: $44,400
Curator: $46,500
Substance abuse counselor: $32,400
Film/TV producer: $47,600
High school teacher: $43,000

This list lost all credibility in my eyes when I did not see MEDICAL RESIDENT??!?! Film Producer? Are you kidding me! I wonder why I was the first to even mention newly minted doctors in their comments section. Maybe it is because residents are too busy working 80-90 hrs a week or are post call sleeping the day away after being up for the past 30 hrs to take the time to write just a couple words and comment. Even something like “CALL BLOWS” would’ve sufficed. With salaries hovering in the low 40’s, that comes to barely breaking minimum wage when you factor in the 3000+ hours you work a year! All the while your pager is going off at all hours as you try to cover 30-40 very ill pts, dealing with arrogant obnoxious senior attending doctors and ancillary staff, and worrying about not getting your pants sued off or inadvertently killing someone. Let’s not forget about the $200K+ in student loans you are going to have to pay off which will trap you in this career forever. I just finished such a residency and even though I am in my early thirties I am so burned out that I am ready to retire. Indeed a career in MEDICINESUX!

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