Many people consider a job in the medical field despite not having a great interest in medicine because the pay can be potentially be so great. Upon learning how much school they must attend and long hours they must put in to reach those dizzying salary heights, some people opt for an easier path. For those who have a genuine desire to treat people and save lives, however, the reward offered at the top of the medical heap can be quite satisfying.
Cardiologists treat conditions and diseases associated with the heart and circulatory system. It is the cardiac surgeon who performs heart surgeries and transplants. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for a cardiologist is around $300,000, but those with years of experience can expect to bring in up to half a million dollars a year.
The anesthesiologist is responsible for maintaining the vital signs of patients during surgery. Without an well-trained and responsible anesthesiologist, all the miracles performed by the surgeon would be for nought. For this reason, this is one of the most lucrative careers in the medical field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics put the average median salary in excess of $192,000 a year.
The radiologist uses all that fancy equipment like X-ray machines, MRIs and CAT scans to diagnose conditions and diseases. A general radiologist can potentially make as much as a cardiac surgeon over time and an interventional radiologist with the training to actually perform procedures that he has diagnosed can potentially make even more than some cardiac surgeons. Median salary is in the $300,000 range.
Oncologist specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With the aging of the Baby Boomer demographic, the job outlook for oncologists is unfortunately expected to grow. The salary expectations of oncologists is quite impressive with a top level near that of radiologists and cardiac surgeons.