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Some nursing specialists can make more than $100,000, according to several survey studies.

Before college, Brittany Sherwood thought she would study a pre-med major, go to medical school and become a doctor.

“During my first semester of college I was planning on doing pre-med, but I got a ‘B’ in Bio 101, and I started doing a little research and realized there was a different way to end up in a similar place,” says the now-27-year-old who went to Florida State University to earn her bachelor’s degree.

The Florida native began considering a career in nursing instead of work as a physician.

When she compared the differences between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist, she found the two professions overlapped. But the nursing route didn’t require as many years in school, which she says meant a smaller price tag in terms of student debt.

“In total, it was less than three years from the time I graduated from my bachelor’s degree in nursing to when I had a prescription pad with my name on it,” says Sherwood who earned her master’s in nursing at Columbia University.

Michelle Grundy, a career counselor for health professions at Vanderbilt University, says the topic of weighing whether to pursue nursing often comes up with pre-med students – especially when it comes to considering future student loans.

The average indebtedness for an M.D. who graduated from medical school and borrowed loans in 2015 is $171,444 for a private school and $161,646 for a public school, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey.

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