Originally Posted by ThakYuki
To throw in my two cents about the medical field: it is very hard to find a job in the medical field, and it's severely underpaid.
Ehhhh, maybe it depends on where you live. That's certainly not been my experience. As a general rule, health care workers make more than in other fields. Even the custodial staff at a hospital makes more because the stakes are higher - if they aren't good at their job, people die. Just read an article about this, but can't find it now, sorry. So take my word for it or don't! Though it is true that with potential big changes in healthcare, insurance, Medicare, etc., the field may change a lot.
I also think that taking time off between high school and college is an excellent idea.