Do you want to talk about changing landscapes, or uncertainty? Talk to the 6 million people who've been out of a job for 27 weeks or longer. You shouldn't have a hard time finding them. Check your local unemployment office, or just walk down to the ED. Losing your job and your home certainly changes the landscape.
Now, let's talk about what young physicians face when they enter practice. For starters, U.S. physicians are the highest-paid class of workers in the nation, if not the world, and they are in very high demand. Merritt Hawkins' annual physician compensation surveys show that, depending upon the specialty and experience, physicians can earn anywhere from $130,000 to $650,000 or more, plus other benefits.
Yes, most young docs are saddled with huge debts. That is a legitimate complaint. The Association of American Medical Colleges says that the average medical school student graduated with about $160,000 in student loans. However, because the demand for physicians is so great, not only are physicians highly compensated, job offers can include debt forgiveness incentives, most notably through the National Health Service Corp.
Meanwhile, outside of medicine, the average wage for all occupations is $44,410, roughly $16.27 an hour. But hey, wages increased 32 cents an hour from 2009, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I'm not sure how much that increase went towards health insurance premium hikes. That, of course, assumes that those workers have health insurance.
Here are some career alternatives for young docs who want out.