At first, I would’ve never chosen plastic surgery. After research, it proved to be the one. Plastic surgery is sometimes thought to be bad. Many people assume that it is to look better or change your body in an unnecessary way. That is not always true though. Plastic surgeons help people who have gone through surgery or have had a variety of diseases affecting their body. When people have to undergo surgery in which tissue is removed from one area and inserted into another, they may need plastic surgery. The surgeons reconstruct the area so that their body can heal and look pleasing. These people also help lift the self-esteem of patients. They don’t like how their body looks and after surgery, they will be able to feel comfortable in their body. The reason I chose this profession was that I have a doctor in my family. My father is an Internal Medicine Physician. He is knowledgeable about many fields such as radiology and cardiology. I wanted to research an area that he and I both don’t know about. I was going through lists of medical fields, as I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I saw plastic surgery and my face lit up. It is such an interesting topic that I just wanted to learn more about. I also wanted to change what people thought about plastic surgery. It does not always have a good vibe to its name. Plastic surgery is much more than what it is thought to be. There are many different things that are important when researching a specific job. Things such as pay, benefits, college requirements, universities, and the duties and responsibilities. The salary for a plastic surgeon in the state of Michigan is around $344,000- $390,000. In the US, the average salary is around $311,965-$463,023. Their pay also depends on their level of experience. With 20 or more years of experience, these surgeons can make up to $400,000 or more dollars. In 2011, 54% of plastic surgeons earned $300,000 or less in the year. 30% made between $300,000- $500,000 throughout the year. The top 16% earned $500,000 or more in the year.Their pay also depends on where they live. Different areas in the U.S. make different amounts of money. If a surgeon lives in the Great Lakes region such as Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, they can make a median salary of $339,500. The median salary in the Mid-Atlantic states, such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is $335,000. The regions following, in order from highest median to lowest, North Central states, the South Central States, Southeast and Northeast, and finally Northwest and Southwest. Before becoming a plastic surgeon, these people have to go through residency. It is an internship for training to become the your chosen doctor or surgeon. The residents get paid a stipend each year. As you go through residency, your pay becomes higher. First-year students make $50,000. $52,000 is the stipend for second-year students. $56,000 and $61,000 is the pay for 3rd and 4th-year students, respectively.On top of pay, plastic surgeons also get many benefits. Benefits such as 401k, health insurance, retirement benefits, disability insurance, and eye and dental insurance. Although these are good benefits, not every plastic surgeon receives it. Only plastic surgeons that are employed by a hospital, will receive these benefits. If they own and run their own practice, they do not receive any benefits. This is only because private practice surgeons make a higher salary. It eventually may even out because self-employed surgeons have to buy their own benefits. During residency, you also receive benefits. Residents receive many more benefits, but they make much less money. Residents receive health and dental insurance, disability options, sick leave, 21 days of vacation, 7 days of educational leave. It doesn’t just stop there. They also receive book allowance, gym facilities, and meals while they are on duty. Altogether, residents still receive less than practicing surgeons. These benefits are required to be given to all residents by their place of residency. When becoming a plastic surgeon, it doesn’t just stop at medical school. You have to pass medical school and become an M.D. A M.D. is a doctor of medicine. That is received after medical school is completed. It still does not stop there. They later have to go through residency. In residency, three years is spent learning General Surgery. If wanting to pursue plastic surgery, 2 years of Plastic Surgery must be completed after General Surgery. If these people are wanting to go more in depth and become a specific plastic surgeon, such as cosmetic surgery or burn management. They must then pursue a fellowship. It’s hard to find a good medical school, but there are so many in the U.S. If wanting to pursue plastic surgery, then there are very schools to get started. Some very good schools in the U.S. are Johns Hopkins, UCSF (also known as University of California at San Francisco), UC San Diego and Pritzker. These are just some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Money also comes into play when choosing the right university for you. Some fine schools that won’t break your bank account are San Antonio School of Medicine, UT Southwestern, and UNC School of Medicine. These schools make it easy for everyone to get an equal chance to pursue their dreams. The job outlook for a specific profession is very important. Plastic surgery is becoming a booming business because the current working generation is becoming elderly. They may want plastic surgery to keep up their health and looks. Also, there is a high demand for celebrity plastic surgery because as they grow older, they may want to keep up their health to keep up their fame. Also, the working force may develop problems that prevent them from continuing on with their jobs. This may require plastic surgery because they need their jobs to plan for retirement. Many more jobs are also being created in this field. The decade between 2014-2024 will provide a 14-20% growth for employment in this field. This would provide a whopping 99,300 jobs in the U.S. The competition for this job is very high and it is ruthless. More jobs being created allows for more people to achieve their dreams. The job outlook for a plastic surgeon is very high and very convincing for young people like us. Although there are many jobs being created for plastic surgeons, you must know the duties and responsibilities that are required of you. These responsibilities are very crucial to your career in this medical profession. One responsibility is being able to perform reconstructive surgery on both adults and children. If a person has damaged bones, skin, or muscles, they may require plastic surgery to reconstruct their natural appearance. Also, they are required to know how to perform cosmetic surgery. They will need to know how to perform hair replacement, nose jobs, and arm tucks. Some important reconstructive surgery in a plastic surgeon’s career is tumor removal, cleft palate and lip, and scar repair. These surgeries may be difficult but are required to know how to execute correctly. Tumor removal could save someone’s life, as it could turn out to be or become cancerous. Cleft surgery is crucial for babies as it could develop into a hearing loss and inability to eat food. These people can save lives and that is huge. It may not seem like plastic surgeons save lives. Everyone believes that it’s all about looks and being artificially beautiful. That is definitely not the case.When observing a plastic surgeon in action, I have noticed quite a few things. I have noticed that the patients have problems in different parts of the body. I have also noticed that some can be curable with surgery and for some, surgery can only relieve the pain for a while. Many problems are developed unknowingly and some problems are developed via common items or activities. I have also learned that many problems can be diagnosed without any x-rays. For me, that is a plus because I would like to be able to diagnosis a problem, then and there. During my observation, I have noticed that most people aren’t terribly sick. They are able to come to and from the office healthily. I would prefer that opposed to an Emergency Room doctor because I would not want to be rushed. When an ER doctor is working, they are surprised with many different cases. There can be fatal cases or emergencies. When working as a plastic surgeon, most problems are not rushed. They need to be taken care of, but not at the exact moment when the problem is diagnosed. That is very important to me when choosing a profession. Many patients just walk in and out. Some come to assess a problem and some come from problems occurring after a surgery. Some require additional surgery to fix the problem. The good part is that the problem is not deadly. The surgeon that I observed performed an average of 9 surgeries a week. These surgeries are all relatively quick. They are not very time-consuming, compared to other performed surgeries. The interview was also an important part of me when I was researching this job. I asked 16 different questions and the answers were definite and promising. Some specific questions that provided an important answer for me, are the most enjoyable versus the most difficult part of being a plastic surgeon. I especially liked the answer I received for the part that is most enjoyable. The surgeon responded to this question, saying “most patients do not require a medical stay. They go home on the same day. Seeing them get better is very rewarding.” I prefer a patient going home the same day because a home is better than a hospital. Staying at home is a lot more comforting than staying at a hospital. There is something about a home that can’t be replicated at a hospital. It also gives a sense of relief because the problem is not that bad. Overall I really think that I like the career that is plastic surgery. It is a profession that is all around nice and it really appeals to my preferences. The observation and interview were both really interesting and they both provided me information that I could not have found online. I learned things in person that I could not have learned online. I really think that I could pursue this job for a living, in the future. I also think that the observation was very beneficial to me researching a career. If I had the choice to redo the entire research and I could choose a different career, I wouldn’t. I am extremely happy with this choice. It has provided open doors and windows that I never knew could be opened. My view of the medical field was very narrow and restricted. After researching this profession and all its possibilities, I feel like my view has been widened. It is also very eye-opening of the different possibilities in life.