10 Worst Medical Specialties For Lifestyle

An apple a day (supposedly) keeps the doctor away, but if you’re that doctor, staying away from work is not easy with long hours, so you can avoid that by checking out the 10 worst medical specialties for lifestyle.

As a journalist and don’t have much of a science or math sided brain, therefore, majoring in anything in the medical field while in college was out of the question for me. I do have a number of relatives and friends, however, who are in the medical field. From what I can tell, they enjoy their jobs and also live very comfortably. The are many long shifts, but it’s a part of the job for most in the medical profession. Doctors work long shifts that sometimes span into days, work overnight and weekends, and also have their share of holiday shifts. The job never stops. I have nothing but respect for them after hearing many stories of what they have to endure on a day-to-day basis.

10 Worst Medical Specialties For Lifestyle


You have to be passionate about medicine or at least really want to practice it to make it in the field. It takes years of rigorous schooling and a nonstop, crazy schedule to finally make it. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, an average shift for a medical resident is 16 hours. If you’re weary about the amount of schooling, but still like medicine, there are a lot of other options in the medical field. But, if the schooling has turned you away yet, you serious about the career choice. While the schedule is crazy, the money can be great (after you pay off all the student loans) in which case, you can enjoy the finer things in life. If you don’t believe me, just take a look this list of the 10 Happiest Medical Specialties With the Most Satisfied Doctors.

If a better work-life balance is more of your thing, we’ve compiled a list of medical specialties to help you accomplish that.

To gather the specialties on our list of worst medical specialties for lifestyle, we consulted sites such as ExploreHealthCareers, CareerCenter and MedScape, to see the balance between hours worked in a week versus salary. The use of surveys also determined how often doctors in these specialties worked.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 10 worst medical specialties for lifestyle.