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With long hours, heavy malpractice insurance costs and extensive training, obstetricians and gynecologists invest a lot in becoming doctors. But the rewards -- caring for women through their pregnancies and delivering newborns -- are worth it, they say.
"My favorite part of the job is that it's a very happy field in the sense that I deliver babies," says Youyin Choy, 39, an OB/GYN in New York City. "People come to the hospital and go home with a baby. It's a happy event."
"In terms of job satisfaction, it's definitely worth it and I'm very happy," she explains. "But would I do it again? I don't know. You have to go to four years of college, and then four years of medical school. After that you have four years of training in obstetrics and gynecology, and then you can do another three years of fellowships, so you graduate at 29 or 30 years old."
Note: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest top pay. Median salary is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile.