I have a family member that is about to graduate from HS and is having a tough time deciding in a career path. He feels that he needs to make a fairly firm decision soon so he can decide which college to attend. He is debating petroleum engineeering or some sort of medical profession (dentist,ortho.,dermatologist, anesthesiologist). Because of the durastic difference in majors, it basically decides which college he attends. I thought it would be helpful if I could throw out some ideas about the pros/cons of each type of job. I am not very educated on what careers are out there in these fields. His main debate seems to be wether the extra time spent in med school is worth it financially in the long run. Both jobs seem to interest him alot and I think he definitely likes the salaries associated with them. Just a few questions I have... When going the med school route, is their really much difference in actual coursework between say a dentist and surgeon? I would think it should cover basically the same material but just focus in different areas. So if going the med school route would it not be a better choice to become a surgeon (which i assume pays way more) than a dentist if the actual schooling is about the same? What type of salaries would these type jobs bring? I cant seem to find much online except median salaries and everything seems to max out at around 150k. This seems unlikely to me because I have always heard that in medical field the skys the limit for income.