Originally Posted by SN1
I hate being a pharmacist (worked as a pharmtech at CVS for 3 months and quit, maybe if I worked at walgreens instead It would have been better.)
I want to be a dentist because it pays higher and I get to use my hands to work on patients as opposed to pharmacist who just talks behind the counter.
But the debt really scares me. I don't want to go through all of this schooling just to work like a dog and have 3/4 of my check cut out to pay for loans.
I'm not as knowledgeable on some of these topics as the other members of SDN, but from what I've gathered, very few dentists have a hard time paying back loans and living a better than average lifestyle. That being said, if money is your motivating factor you'd probably be better off going the Pharmacy route. I'm not sure what dental school you're interested in going too, but tuition costs for the dental school I'm attending were released today and I'm looking to be about 300K in debt by the time i graduate. It's a hard pill to swallow, but I'm sure I'll be able to pay that back and live comfortably. It will just take several years of living responsibly and doing what I have to do to get rid of the debt I have taken on. At the end of the day though, I'll be doing what I wanted to do and that's what matters....right?