Why does business/finance have so many more roles compared to law, medicine and engineering?

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I had this random showerthought today.

Why are there so many different jobs and roles that you could get from a business or finance degree but so few from every other degree.

For example if you go to law school the only choice you have is what types of work you prefer, corporate, civil, family, etc. No matter which you pick everyone is becoming a lawyer.

Med school you just choose which body part you like the best to study. No matter which you pick, everyone is becoming a doctor.

Engineering you just pick your favorite type of engineering whether it's software, civil, mechanical but everyone is becoming an engineer.

Though in business and finance you could go into investment banking, sales, trading, corporate banking, capital markets, PE/VC, AM/PWM, consulting, research, quant, real estate, insurance, talent agents, or some corporate office role.

Why is it like this?

Comments (4)

Aug 29, 2018

Not really true. Eng/Medicine splits into strategic VS tactical roles too and those are not your only options as a lawyer.

IE, there's a huge difference between a normal corporate lawyer monkey and the lawyer you hire to build out your IP strategy as a biotech pubco.

Aug 29, 2018

Yeah this is just you looking at those three things one way and finance another - I could easily say "well you can do all these different specialties but at the end of the day you're just a business person"

Neurosurgery is less similar to running a family practice as IB is to PWM.

Aug 29, 2018

Because business and finance careers are jobs (that are held by a myriad of people, not just business school grads) not professions.

Not to mention you're completely missing that each of thise careers you've listed subspecialise into a whole bunch of different paths - many of which have nothing to with each other. E.g. a trial lawyer is pretty much a completely different job to a transaction lawyer.

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Aug 30, 2018