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Conflicted grade 12 student... Employable career paths in Canada?

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(First yconic post here, please don't be too harsh on me here)

Hey everyone,

I am currently a grade 12 student who is interested in pursuing a career in the health/life science field. I am leaning towards this area, as I have strong interests in subjects like human health, kinesiology, biology, and chemistry.

However, my main concern is whether or not going into a health/life science program in university will be worth it? I am worried because I have heard a lot about health science/life science undergrads being useless, although I am planning on attending graduate school afterward.

I'm mostly interested in becoming a physical therapist, or possibly a pharmacist. However, I am scared about whether or not these will be employable fields in Canada in the next 5-10 years? I'm also interested in possibly becoming a medical lab technician, or teacher, as I've heard there is currently a greater demand for teachers.

For background info, I'm currently taking Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Semestered Math (Advanced Functions and Calculus), Kinesiology, and Music (average booster course). I'm typically a low-mid 90 average student (finished with an approx 92-93 average in grade 11).

I am open to hearing any other employable career paths that would be possible for me, based on the courses that I currently am taking.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated right now, as I'm quite stressed about what I should pursue in post-secondary and in the future.
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Pretty much all of the healthcare careerpaths including the ones you listed will require an advanced degree. There are certain positions like a nurse practitioner or dental hygienist that you can get into without a lot of schooling, but everything else will require more than just four years of post-secondary. And these are also extremely competitive to get into for obvious reasons, so make sure you have a backup plan so that you don't end up serving pumpkin spiced lattes with a BSc.
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You don't think you can become a teacher, pharmacist, physiotherapist, OR medical laboratory technician, and even if you did, you don't think there are going to be any jobs 5-10 years down the road in ANY of these fields? It's not hard becoming a teacher or medical laboratory technician AT ALL.

Seriously, you need to get your head out of your ass. There are larger problems people go through in life than worrying about employment prospects for 4 different fields 5-10 years down the road. 


Go through this list. Look for PRACTICAL programs and research the career path. 

P.S. Practical is not masters in chemistry. Practical is masters in biotechnology or medical school. Real world application stuff. Focus on career paths like that. Food sciences also has a lot of career options in it - dietitian, public health and safety officer, etc. You obviously should know that bio, chem, kin, etc. have very little real world application with an undergrad, and that is why they are generally viewed to be unemployable degrees. Because the question is, if all you wanted was a job, then why would you do a BSc in biology? Most entry level jobs are in public and social services, technology and business. If you wanted a job and love math and sciences, then why wouldn't you study computer science, mathematics, actuarial science, engineering, etc.?

I don't know what you're hoping to hear. If you're someone who lacks the drive and confidence to at least try to reach your goals, then maybe you just don't have what it takes. You claim to have a low-mid 90 in high school, but don't think you can even become a teacher or medical laboratory technician? If you told us that the SOLE reason you're pursuing a science undergraduate degree was to go to pharmacy school, then I'd tell you to rethink your choice. But if you're open to pursuing a wide variety of careers that involve sciences, then I don't get what your problem is. There are hundreds of different career paths in sciences, but most of them involve further studies because an undergraduate degree doesn't prepare you to work in them on its own and competence if important. Nobody wants a doctor who half-assed their way through medical school. 

P.S. Are you applying to Waterloo CAP?

http://forums.premed101.com/ - Browse this forum too.
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