Hello, fellow chemical engineering students!I hope you and your family are safe and well during these trying times.In a few more years, I will be graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. I want to pursue higher education, but I'm not sure whether to take a Master's in Biomedical/Bioengineering or a Doctor in Medicine (I'm interested in both, by the way. In fact, if there's only a way to directly integrate chemical engineering knowledge while being a doctor, or vice versa, I'd be glad to pursue that). I've been torn between the two because of several pros and cons I've collected over months of research:MS in Biomedical/bioengineering --> PhD in the same field or in a closely related fieldPros:> Less expensive. My parents can most likely afford sending me to a respectable university if I pursue this.> Less number of years of study, thus I can help support our family sooner> Robots might replace doctors (This is potentially the future) in the future. Thus, employment demand will be high. (Even if I take a master's in ChemE, demand will still be high because of the world's increasing interest in renewable energy and in solutions to combating climate change)> Less tight schedule. I think a work-life balance would be more possible here.Cons:> A career in this field does not make a lot of money in our country (I want to be rich in the future to be able to help more people). Famous chemical engineers/biomedical engineers only become rich when they decide to found their own companies. I'm not at all very good with anything that's business-related (I can try, but I'm not sure if I'm interested enough).> A bioengineer/biomedical engineer needs tools to do his thing. He would always need to go to the laboratory or the company facility to work.> There are no prominent biotechnology companies in our country (I thought of building one, but like I said, I suck at anything business-related). Moreover, it's very difficult to have a successful career in this field in our country (Trivia: Only one university offers a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering here).> A one-year or two-year master's in this field would either be very specific on certain topics (e.g.: tissue engineering, prosthetics, etc.) or would consist of introductory lectures in many topics. Either way, a specialization in this field would make it difficult for the engineer to transfer knowledge across other fields.Doctor of Medicine --> SurgeonPros:> A doctor can go to far-flung areas and help provide quality healthcare to those in need, barehanded (or almost barehanded). Thus, a doctor might be able to help improve lives more and easier.> Doctors generally earn more compared to other professions, even in developing countries.> It's more ideal to practice medicine and work on research (bioengineering-related) during your free time than to work on research most of the time and practice medicine as a sideline.> The unimaginable personal satisfaction of saving a life with your two handsCons:> Very expensive. We can't afford this unless I get a scholarship, which will be very difficult considering that I don't have stellar grades.> Very competitive environment. In our country, there are a lot of unemployed licensed physicians.> Considering my interest towards neurosurgery or cardiothoracic surgery, it will take many years before I become an expert and earn enough to support my family. Add this to the super tight schedule.> I don't know what I'll do if I won't be able to get into a respectable medical school :( I want to pass many application forms and take the MCAT, and my parents support me with this. However, I'm worried about spending a lot of money for these processes yet not being able to enter in any good university.I hope to hear your comments/advice on my dilemma. Additionally, kindly correct me if I'm wrong regarding the pros and cons that I've researched on the Internet and heard from other people. Thank you and stay indoors!
Bruno Neves said it all. Since you already started a career in Chemical Engineering, your first option would be preferable! To aspire to become a surgeon after studying Chemical Engineering sounds quite odd.