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    Hey guys. I am in search of a new career. Currently a Union Sheet Metal Worker. I had enough of the dirty/hot/cold conditions of be a labor worker. I want to get me a office job. Im planning on going to school this fall. Only 23yrs old. I'm aiming for atleast 85-100k yearly.

    Im thinking Mechanical Engineer or some type of Engineer or maybe a Pharmacist.

    If any of you are one of these or have any other ideas for a great paying career let me know. I would love to PM back and forth with detailed info such as hours/pay/benefits/ job duties. Thankx for your help.


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    I am also a union member here in Iowa. I wouldn't be able to sit at a desk. Just personal opinion. Mechanical Engineers don't make 85 where I work, and I work for a company who is not afraid to pay a higher price for a better product. What about accounting? A good accountant can make 85 easy with a few well paid clients... Like farmers/landowners around the midwest if you plan on staying here. Do you want to stay around here or open to moving? I am also 23, I can't move away from here... got a family farm to inherit.

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    When it comes to school the difficulty that's involved with Pharmacy is One of the highest Ive ever seen. My best friends brother is in pharmacy and is challenged to the brim. He received a 32 on his ACT and honors all throughout college and high school with a 4.0 GPA.

    Mechanical engineering is easier but anything but easy at the same time. My brother majored in mechanical engineering started with a 45K job designing concrete form work installation instruction and wanted to kill himself at his desk job after 5 months. Although that career ended up getting his foot in the door with one of the biggest concrete construction companies in the Midwest making just about 100K with salary increases every year along with bonuses at the end of each project (significant bonuses).

    Mechanical engineering is broad major which can lead you in many paths doing lots of different things with a very broad Salary range along with the difficulty of finding a job (in these times at least). Pharmacy if you can finish it will lead you directly into a 100K paying job right out of college.

    I would love a 100K paying job but at the same time i want to like my job. That's my I'm working on a 4 year in Automotive Technology. I've already got my foot in the door with Toyota and will most likely be doing an internship next summer which is going get me ready for a Field Technical Specialist job when I'm done with school in the next year. Hope that helps.

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    I know people that have gone just about every route though school. Some things seem like they are hard, but they are just hard to that one person. It depends on what your skills and likes are.

    I will be going to law school in the fall. My path is a lot of school

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    I went to school for AgBusiness Economics Resource Management. I started out as a Field Supervisor doing the grunt work. I am now an Agronomist. I have been working my ass of to make head way in my career for the last five years to get in the range of the salary that you are looking at. . I didnt even start out at half that salary range when i entered the job force. Just going to school and getting a degree doesnt garuntee a 85-100K salary. it takes a couple years to get there if you have the drive, intelligence, and ability to move to diferent locations. Anyone can go to school to get a degree...its not that hard. I thought that it was easier than high school. But it takes a smart person to take that degree and excel in it. In these times you may want to consider a profession isnt significantly affected by the economy. ie auto industry or home building. Right now the Ag industry is still doing well. within my company we all got our raises and full bonuses this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed_Freak_039A View Post
    Hey guys. I am in search of a new career. Currently a Union Sheet Metal Worker. I had enough of the dirty/hot/cold conditions of be a labor worker. I want to get me a office job. Im planning on going to school this fall. Only 23yrs old. I'm aiming for atleast 85-100k yearly.

    Im thinking Mechanical Engineer or some type of Engineer or maybe a Pharmacist.

    If any of you are one of these or have any other ideas for a great paying career let me know. I would love to PM back and forth with detailed info such as hours/pay/benefits/ job duties. Thankx for your help.
    I've went to the local technical college for a degree in industrial maintaince tech. basically everything ya need to keep machinery running in top condition. well i graduated from that and could only find jobs at the local mills i ended up coming back to school for business management in which i'd like to one day own or co-own my own business.

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    Wow, lots of replies guys. Thankx. I am usually very good at what ever I decide to excel or focus on. After I decide it aint for me I drop all interest. I only chose the sheet metal because my cousin was in it and I didnt know what else to do. He also quit because of it always being slow and works for Citgo now as a electrical technician and loves it. I love designing and making stuff. AutoCAD is very cool. I almost think Engineering is the way to go but I have to be like you guys said and push to the top.

    I was doing research on Yahoo Answers and people were saying things have changed and now engineers do all the secratary work and instead of working on teams its more of a single person job and working saturdays to get stuff done. Im usually not happy about weekends.

    I was thinking that Pharmacy while having a very dependable career for the future could almost be extremely boring staring at pill bottles all day but maybe the working with customers could even it out. I hear they got amazing benefits. Would almost seem harder to do long term than a desk job.

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    I wouldn't take the answers from Yahoo to be fact. My father is a aerospace and electrical engineer. He worked for the federal government for 35+ years. He has an awesome career. After he got his degree he varied his work. He at first got a job being an electrical engineer at Tinker Air force base. He kept his eyes open for management positions within the government even if they didn't have to do with engineering. After having a few of those positions he was able to get a job with the FAA as an engineering manager in AVN flight inspection. He then worked his way up. He managed a large team of people to do fight inspection work, modify business jets for combat use, and he even did work on space shuttle system for NASA. Lots and lots of team work when dealing on large avionic projects. Also really no weekend work. They do have people their 24/7, but I believe it is your choice to work nights, days, or weekends. Anyways, ever since i can remember.. I'm almost 24... he has been making north of 100k. He just retired from working for the federal government last year. He currently is the CEO of the company that makes all the flight inspection avionics for the federal government.

    Just remember engineering is a lot of math work. My dad loves math. I was never the best at math, so I went a different route in my career choice. Good luck!

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    nurse??can be done in 2 yrs, excellent benefits, flexible hours, tons of OT, room to move up, not hard to learn, avg starting slalary 55k, most i know are workin wierd hours, like 3 12 hr days, doin some OT mixed in makin 85k+
    fringe benefit, lots of other nurses around to play with!!!
    settle down with one and you got dual high incomes!!!!!

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    man, i went to school for business...and now, im thinking of heading back to school for nursing....anything that has to do with the medical health care field is a plus....

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