(Closed) Anyone wish they chose a field of work with better pay potential?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yes.  My first degree was in marine biology.  While interesting, it didn’t pay the bills.  I did go back to school though for a computer science degree.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Every single morning when I wake up.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sometimes I wish I had done something that would guarantee me a higher salary so I wouldn’t have to worry about money so much. But then I think that I probably wouldn’t love another job as much as i love counseling. So mostly I just wish that the job I love paid more.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Maybe you could get your Masters in a field where you could still work with kids, but make more money? Maybe speech pathologist or something of that nature? Or educationak administration etc?

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Being a scientist instead of something in IT/computers/engineering was stupid (from a $$ standpoint). If I could go back, i’d do a lot more programming and stuff. I make “ok” money – above the national average – but definitely not even close to making a lot for the uber expensive places you have to live to be a scientist in industry in the US.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, but only if it’s the field of supermodeling.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

No… I went to school (I have a masters) to get a specific job because I knew it meant more money and more opportunities.  I really dont enjoy what I do and the money doesnt really make up for it.  I thought that it was just the location/company… but I’ve changed companies and location and its still hard for me to enjoy working in this field.

I need to clarify though – I enjoy what I do.  It interests me.  BUT, it is a very stressful, demanding field with a lot of deadlines and long hours.  Thats what I dont like about my field.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes, all the time! I was originally going to pursue a master’s in physical therapy which would have paid good money (they only offer it as Master’s program), but ended up just getting my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and doing Exercise Physiology as my Master’s. I thought I would figure it out in the meantime what I would do with my Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and ended up finding out that you can’t really do anything in that field (jobs are scarce). Now I’m a receptionist and will NEVER EVER EVER EVER consider going back to school and wasting my time and money again. I’m still paying off 50k in loans. But I wish I had done something that actually produces search results in a job search engine! My Fiance is a mechanical engineer and the possibilities are endless for him! I’m lucky he takes care of me. Laughing

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think the grass is always greener.  I’m in a field that has very high earning potential but I constantly wish that I followed my heart and passion more when chosing a career path and worried less about the money.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes…. I’m in grad school in biology, and I’m thinking about doing law school when I’m done to pursue a job in patent law. Otherwise I will never make more thank 60k.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Depends. I’d want to do a cost / benefit analysis. If I was absolutely miserable in a well paying job, I would gladly sacrifice some of that excessive pay for job satisfaction. I enjoy politics and current events, but by no means would I love being Secretary of State. Heck no. Too much pressure, too many eyes watching. I like being Jane Doe citizen. Would I trade that career to build educational exhibits? Oh yes I would.

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