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Scientific/Medical Question 21
Would you still be a healthcare professional if the highest salary you could earn was £20,000/$20,000 a year?
In my answer to this question, I’d like to first highlight that my reasons for pursuing a career in health are not monetary. Even with a low salary, I’d still have the opportunity to provide meaningful care, pursue research, and put academic skills that I learn to practice.
However, £20,000 a year would not be sustainable in the longer term. If this was the ceiling, I would practise as a healthcare professional at first while I had the chance, and then as I got older and had more financial commitments, I would take the skills acquired and work in research, or a field adjacent to immediate clinical practice. £20,000 is not a fair or realistic salary for someone with experience in their field, and years of study and debt under their belt; if this were the case I would feel compelled to campaign for better salary, in order to ensure that those doing the job were rewarded properly, and the job remains an attractive prospect for young people choosing their careers.