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Anesthesiologist

Bell Curve

1
5%

You love playing with your chemistry set, mixing all the different chemicals to see which ones explode. After a few mishaps on the home front, your high school guidance counselor suggests that you pursue a career that is technical, chemical, and good for other human beings. Later on in life, you find out she was steering you away from a career as an arsonist.

2
25%

In college, you develop a love for biochemistry, and you intern for a professor who also moonlights at a local hospital. You shadow him a few times and see that doctoring involves tons of technical bells and whistles, not to mention many cool drugs.

3
50%

You've excelled in medical school, and you're in your fifth year of a residency in anesthesiology, where you're specializing in pain management. Backaches, migraines, cancer pain, phantom-limb pain. You're helping people, by using some really cool drugs.

4
75%

You're the head honcho in a private pain-management clinic. You'll never forget the day when you were just about to inject a steroid into the spinal cord of a patient in intractable pain when you heard that the drug caused things like death and other physical destruction. Oops.

5
95%

You've retired after having improved the lives of many and piling up mountains of money. You're on many philanthropic boards and you're a respected and active volunteer in your community. And closest to your heart is your volunteer gig at your neighborhood fire department. Life is sweet.

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