I am starting my A.A.S in Medical Assisting this spring but with all the new graduates and the lack of jobs I am worried that this is a bad investment. I worry that the pay is not what I thought it would be and that there is a lack of respect for this profession. I have been thinking that I should just go ahead and get my nursing degree but I worry about the competition on getting in the school, the TEAS test (it has been awhile since I have had some science and math), trying to work while I am going, the stress, the death of a patient, burnout, and the hours. I work in retail now and I hate that I have to work every holiday and can't spend time with my family. These were the reasons I chose medical assisting instead but if the job market is bad and the money and respect aren't there then I am rethinking my decision. I don't want to spend all the money on student loans and either not get a job or get low wages when I can do that without an education. I already have an associates degree in liberal arts. My husband was in the navy and we moved ALOT and every school wanted you to take regionally accepted courses so I got frustrated and just put my courses together for the degree. But now that I am able to go back to school I also feel funny getting another associates degree. I only need Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 before going in any direction I decide. Any advice??