Hi, Ive com to a crossroads in life, and figured, since I dont know what to do, ask people who have done it before. I guess a little background is in order. When I came out of high school, I knew going into college I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I started off as a pre-med major, but following a rough freshman year in school, I took some time (about 3 yrs) and did some voulenteer work abrod for most of it. I came back, resuming pre-med studies, but due to a death in the family, i had problems in school and just about quit school altogether. I was privleged to have a great prof. who had worked for many years as a PA before going into education. He showed me there was much more to healthcare than medicine. So I went to Respiratory Therapy school. I did excelent, and have been practicing for 2 years now. Here in AZ, Respiratory is a stagnent field. Pay is getting better, and there are more than plenty of jobs, but proffesionaly, im not satisfied. Im a person that wants to be continualy learning and practicing new things. Here, my job is at times a mindless routien, and RT's get little respect for what they do here. Im allways the first to be called when things go bad, and the lack of proffesional respect makes me want to get out of Respiratory. Ive been working in a cardiovascular ICU for about a year, and really enjoy it. It has also allowed me to work with some of the bightest and smartest nurses in the nation, IMHO. They are really wanting me to go to nursing school. Money's great, I live by the school, and I only have like one or two classes of pre recs left. I have also looked at other proffesional programs, namely Physician's Assistant and Pharmacy, and have recently been looking at dentistry since a school has opened near me, and Ive still got medicine in the back of my mind, as Ive looked at some various MD & DO programs here in the states and abroad. What I want to know is, for those who work in these proffesions, how did you get into it? What do you like and dislike? How do you think your proffesion is growing and where is it going in the future? How was your educational experience. Im not really interested in money (yeah, Im sure everyone's heard that before), but more about how your job makes you feel. I really enjoy healthcare, the satisfaction it gives me to help my fellow man, and want to do it to the best of my ability.