Originally Posted by sirenomelia
None of these occupations demand a fraction of the mental, physical or financial investment nor do they bear the day to day mediolegal risks. "Financial security" is relative. If you go to college for 4 years and then go to work in IT making 80k then you're still going to be better off than losing 8+ years of earning potential, accruing debt, etc even if you finally end up with a higher (for now) paycheck when you're 40.
You make near a starting IT salary as a resident. I only see 4 years of lost income potential. Plus alot of IT people get master's degrees...so maybe closer to 2-3 years of lost income + 200K debt.
Also I will be an attending at 29 not 40, none of the people on the IT track will make half of my salary at that point. From that point forward I will outpace any other career track in job security and salary.