Compare and Contrast Naturopath and Physical Therapist Essay

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Career Choices in the Health Field
Over the past few decades, medical professions have become increasingly more popular. The health system has evolved and health careers are at an all time high; creating several different paths and opportunities in the health field. It is no surprise many would want to choose a career with optimal advancement opportunities. Mark Sullivan, a famous author, once wrote, “To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.” This quote exudes how even though the road in one’s career path may be tough, if one chooses a career one is passionate about, then the work load will be lightened by what one loves. When considering a career in health care, it is important to examine the different angles involved. For example, a career in physical therapy and naturopathic medicine can be compared and contrasted by income, education and responsibilities.

At an early age, people begin thinking about their professions; as they grow, their calling often changes. Income becomes a key factor in the decision making process. Although bringing home a high income is sought after by many individuals, finance is a necessity in order to survive. According to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, “Physical therapists earned an annual average salary of $72,790. The lowest earned less than $50,350, the top earned $104,350 or more a year” (“Physical Therapist”). In reviewing naturopathic physician’s salaries, Dr. Melissa Bradwell says, “85,000 is an average annual salary for a naturopath. A naturopath just starting out might only make $45,000 a year. But an established naturopath with a successful practice might bring in $250,000 to $300,000 annually” (“Naturopath”). Despite the higher...
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