Hello! I'm still in high school but I'd like to begin to think about what I want to do in my future, so I know where to aim my goals and plans. My favorite classes tend to be math and science classes. My favorite science class so far has been chemistry. I find research really interesting, especially on nutrition, and really enjoy reading studies. I'm very hard working and generally make good grades and score well on tests. (34 ACT, National Merit Finalist)
I love kids, and for many years I wanted to become a pediatrician. However I'm not entirely sure now. I would think that I would probably like that job once I was in it, but I don't know if the cost and time commitment of med-school is worth it, especially if I was wanting to have a family of my own. I know that being a doctor is not the most flexible job out there, which is pretty important to me. Money isn't too important but I'd definitely like to make enough to support myself, pay off my educational debt, and live comfortably.
I'm not entirely sure where to start, but I was wondering if any of you guys had ideas of possible careers. I think I'd probably like to work in a career in the science field. Math would also be an option but I'm not really interested in engineering type jobs. I'm a very social person, so any job involving contact with people would be a good option probably.
I've been researching a little bit more, and being a nurse practitioner sounds like a possible option. I'm not sure if that would actually be less schooling than becoming a doctor, or more flexible so any input on that or on other ideas would be appreciated! I think this is in the right section.. sorry if it's not! Thanks!