Parents: Is Being a Doctor Still a Good Choice in Israel?

As parents, we try to guide our children down a path of success. We can only do so much to guide our kids, and when trying to guide them in a career, it’s ultimately up to the child what they see as a good fit based on their passions and personality.

But as parents, we have aspirations of our children being tech geniuses or doctors.

The question is this: is being a doctor in Israel is still a good choice?

The Annual Finance Ministry’s reports show that, from a financial standpoint, doctors in Israel are much like doctors around the world: they’re paid very well for their work.

Senior physicians are among the top earners, and the average salary for a physician per month is NIS 32,499. The Hadassah Medical Organization paid their physicians the highest, and the salary can be as much as NIS 149,000 – NIS 230,000 a month for the very highest earner.

These earners are specialists that are able to reach these figures, and it’s these specialties that many parents push their children into.

The health industry has benefitted from not having salary limitations, unlike senior bank officials which have had their salaries restricted in some cases.

Top salaries are for the top specialists in the field, but outside of Hadassah, doctors are able to work a little differently. Doctors that aren’t working for Hadassah often perform private work outside of hospitals, which leads to a higher income.

Salary reports are skewed because of this private work, which creates a distorted view of how much doctors really earn.

Private work isn’t included in reports handed to the supervisor of wages.

Based on financials, it seems that nudging children into a career in the medical field is a good idea. The population is only aging, and the demand for doctors is only going to increase.

But it’s also important for parents to understand the preferences of people in Israel. One study conducted on Druze women found that there is a major preference for obstetricians and  gynecologists.

What the study found was that among certain groups, there is a preference for women doctors over men. Druze women, according to the majority of respondents (63.8%), prefer that their obstetricians and gynecologists are female. But outside of these specialties, nearly 75% of respondents don’t care about the sex of their family physicians.

Religious women had an even higher preference for women in the obstetrician and gynecologist fields, at 68.6% preferring women doctors in these fields.

These preferential needs of certain groups may dictate how potential doctors enter the medical field. Men, for example, may want to choose to be a family doctor instead of a specialist in these two fields because women prefer female doctors.

Aside from these slight nuances, being a doctor is still a top choice in Israel.

Rising life expectancies and a shortage of doctors will keep the position of a doctor in high demand, and allow our children to find jobs that pay well and offer job security.

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 Jacob Maslow is passionate about writing. For more than ten years, he's used that passion to transform the web presence of a number of legal and medical professionals in creative, innovative and effective ways that get them noticed in a crowded field. Jacob is originally from Brooklyn. He packed up his five children and made Aliyah in 2014. Jacob's experience and varied interests lend themselves to a diverse palette of topics ranging from technology, marketing, politics, social media, ethics, current affairs, family matters and more. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being an active member of social media including groups on Facebook and taking in the latest movies. 
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