The big career story in the media has been the unemployed and underemployed lawyer. No major news outlet, ranging from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL to THE NEW YORK TIMES, has not tracked the dismal job and compensation figures.
That's ironic, reports Steven M. Davidoff in today's spread in THE NEW YORK TIMES on the legal sector in general. Here you can read how the supposed folly of attending law school ain't nothing compared to the plight of those who have trained to become veterinarians during the past 10 years.
Those who finish vet school will have paid about $200,000 in tuition and expenses. Yet, their average income is $66,469. However, the media haven't decried going to vet school as everything from a scam to just a plain old dumb financial investment.
Also, as we who love our animal companions have been experiencing, the vet business is consolidating into corporate entities. Likely the grads will be working for the corporation, not a small practice, with hopes of setting up their own. In addition, the competition is fierce. Pet stores now provide not only vet services but also pull away business from traditional vets with one-stop shopping for everything from grooming and day care to Halloween costumes and low-calorie treats.