More students hope to attend medical school

Currently, more individuals are applying to medical school, many with the hopes of landing a fast-growing, high-paying career as a doctor.
Currently, more individuals are applying to medical school, many with the hopes of landing a fast-growing, high-paying career as a doctor.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of adults who are applying to medical school has increased in recent years. During the 2010-2011 academic year, medical institutions across the country received applications from about 42,742 people. Of these individuals, there were about 31,834 new applicants, which reflects a 2.5 percent increase from the 2009-2010 school year.

Many students who attend medical school hope to become a doctor. In order to pursue this career path, the association states that it takes between 11 and 16 years, with four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, and between three and eight years of training at a residency.

Doctors are also required to receive licensure and certification periodically.

Students who become physicians should see many job opportunities when they graduate from medical school, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Between 2008 and 2018, employment is predicted to grow by 22 percent for these professionals.

Upon graduation, doctors also tend to have high salaries. According to PayScale, a physician typically earns between $51,064 and $394,530 per year, largely depending on the specialized field in which the professional works.

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