Career Enjoyment: doctor
A doctor diagnoses and treats health problems. There are many branches of medicine, ranging from the general practitioner or family doctor who requires broad skills and knowledge, to specialisms in particular aspects of the body or types of surgery. This career tends to have salaries in the range £50-100k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: caring for patients, pay, interaction with people.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: politics, being pulled in different directions, long hours and repetitive. boring, not inspiring, stressful, lack of support, time pressures, working to government imposed targets and methods.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - doctor - was 3.9, making it slightly more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures; maintaining good relationships; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; challenging the status quo; starting new initiatives.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.