Medical vs. Legal: Which Field is Better?

scientistThere is little question that both the legal and medical fields are growing and will continue to offer many in-demand jobs for the foreseeable future. However, which field is actually better depends on a considerable number of factors, most importantly those that involve your basic interests and where your want your career to flourish.

We can start by comparing two somewhat similar professions in the legal and medical areas, court reporter and phlebotomist. Both of these jobs require a somewhat lesser amount of training compared to attorneys or doctors, but they occupy a very important role in each profession. We will start by looking at each profession, then comparing the two in terms of salary and job advancement.

What is a Court Reporter?

A court reporter is a person who takes down all the information that is spoken in a courtroom setting or at a deposition. The information the court reporter takes down is considered the official record of the event in question.

Training to become a court reporter can last from six months to receive their basic certification to four years in obtaining their bachelor degrees. For most in the profession, there is a general expectation of completing at least two to four years of postsecondary education.

What is a Phlebotomist?

A Phlebotomist is person skilled in removing blood from a person in a save, medically approved manner. Phlebotomists are also responsible for processing samples of blood and tissues in the lab while following all health codes. This is a very detail-oriented profession.

Certification followed by experience is the main asset of a phlebotomist. There are many training and certification agencies across the country. Generally speaking, the education level requirements for a phlebotomist are generally less than that of a court reporter, but career advancement is often tied to additional education, particularly for supervisory roles.

How Do Both Jobs Compare?

Both professions are certainly in demand and highly sought after in general across the country. It is true that some local areas may be saturated however, so before choosing either one as a career path it is important to understand the local job outlook.

Job Salary: Each salary will differ depending on the level of education, experience and which state they reside. For court reporters, the average salary is roughly $48,000 across the US. However, a Phlebotomist’s average salary is considerably lower at roughly $30,000. Of course, these averages will depend on a number of different factors, but it is true that a Phlebotomist’s salary tends to top out around $40,000 with certain exceptions while a court reporter’s salary can go considerably higher.

Job Outlook: Here, both professions enjoy a strong job outlook with the phlebotomist being a part of the growing medical profession which is projected to expand across all lines for the next two decades thanks in large part to the retiring baby boomer generation. However, the job outlook for court reporters is somewhat varied depending on the state. While nationally there is a shortage of court reporters, in some states there are simply too many available.

Overall, both professions offer considerable advantages in terms of job outlook while court reporters enjoy a greater overall salary, but in some states may be saturated in terms of demand.

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