High School

You will need to devote many years to schooling before you are admitted to practice as a doctor. Your first step, therefore, should be to take a college preparatory curriculum while in high school. Take four years of math, English, and science classes. Biology, chemistry, and physics are particularly important to take. Study a foreign language and, if your high school offers it, the language you take should be Latin. Many medical terms you will encounter later on have roots in the Latin language. In addition, round out your education with history courses and courses such as psychology and sociology, which may give you a greater understanding of people, an asset in this people-oriented career.  

Sign In or Join Vault Gold to Read More Including

  • Structure
  • Outlook
  • Resources & Associations and more.

Are you a student? You may have free access to Vault's premium content. Contact your Career Center, Alumni Office or Library to find out more.

Related Industries

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.