(Closed) Poll: What do you do for a living? Does it pay well? Training required?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I got into respiratory therapy with just an associate’s degree. You do everything from giving simple breathing treatments to running mechinical ventilators and intubations. Some hospitals have you deal with EKG’s, balloon pumps, and chest tubes. It’s a pretty interesting job and the pay is reasonable for only needing 2 years of training.

I’m going back to school in January to get my nursing degree, just for a change of pace. I’ll be able to make $10 more an hour being dual licensed. πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am currently a Nurse’s Aide (will be starting my new position as a Fall Prevention Specialist in January) at a hospital while I’m completing my last two years in college.  It’s helped me get on my feet again and put my foot in the door.  The pay isn’t great, but I am able to pay my bills and keep a roof over my head and food on the table.  It also gives me great health benefits and PTO. My hospital does pay for my tuition. So, while it may not be cash in hand, it does pay great in other ways.  Best of luck to you.   

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m a college instructor which requires a PhD… so yeah, lots of “training.” And the pay in most fields is lower than other fields that require comparable amounts of education. The pay is decent if you are lucky enough to land tenure-track and tenured positions, but 80% of college courses in America are taught by people without such a position. I spent 11 years on post secondary education.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m a personal banker, it pays pretty good. I double majored and got my bachelors degree in accounting and finance. I started as a teller and got promoted, went through a month of training. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a 911 dispatcher and it pays pretty good. They have training programs you can take at college for it but it’s not mandatory, I was trained by my employer.

For reference I make $30/hr at the moment(70k plus a year)

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a reading coach in a middle school.  I went to four years of regular college and then about two years of graduate school.  The pay is all right…not what I would make with a master’s degree in another field, but I make more than the average teacher because I am a specialist.  AND I love my job!  

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m (almost) an elementary teacher. The pay isn’t going to be pretty, but I’m planning to go back and get my Master’s in Teacher Leadership (or something like that) and become a principal, where the median salary is like 75k. Training wise, you just need a Bachelor’s degree and to pass a couple of tests to be a regular classroom teacher. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I am a production manager for a motion graphics video company. I have a BA in Animation, worked for 2 years in my field before getting my current position (mostly freelance), did previous administrative positions, and now I’m making 45K. It doesn’t require formal training, but I can draw like a ba mf.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m a registered nurse. I got my bachelors degree in 4 years, so that would be maybe only 2 more years for you πŸ™‚ It pays exceptionally well (considering where I am and the low cost of living- it would double if I moved into a big area) and I have great medical/vision/dental/retirement/PTO benefits. I love my job, and I love that I’ll always have a job!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mepayne:  “I’m (almost) an elementary teacher. The pay isn’t going to be pretty, but I’m planning to go back and get my Master’s in Teacher Leadership (or something like that) and become a principal, where the median salary is like 75k. Training wise, you just need a Bachelor’s degree and to pass a couple of tests to be a regular classroom teacher.”  

We so need to change how teachers are trained in this country.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m a lawyer for a nonprofit.  It requires a bachelor’s degree and a j.d.  Additionally you have to sit for the bar exam for your state after you graduate from law school.  The pay for a non profit is okay, but is much better if you get into private practice.  I never wanted to go into private practice and I love my job.  The legal market isn’t GREAT right now and the average debt for law school is pretty high.  You have to do the research to decide if it’s the right thing to do for you.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Right now, I’m an ER clerk at a hopsital. I’m only part time, since I go to college full time. I’m going to be a technical writer. Right now, I make around 16k a year. I had two days of training (which isn’t good, by the way; a month is standard) before I was on my own. I’ve now been there longer than anyone else. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m an Exercise Therapist. I mainly work with people in Cardiac Rehabilitation. I have a bachelors in Kinesiology and I am a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Currently making $33/hour.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m a wildlife biologist. Yup, it took a lot of training – B.S., M.S., and several years of working temporary / non-benefitted jobs before I could get a “real” job (permanent with benefits). Even so, the job market is incredibly tough so I feel very fortunate. It pays pretty well (private sector – I’ll probably make ~50,000 this year after taxes, but that’s with a LOT of 70-hr weeks in the spring and summer). Honestly I wouldn’t recommend this path to others – I love studying wildlife and working outside, but its very demanding and travel-intensive even if you are one of a lucky few with a job.

Have you looked into some sort of medical technician job? Nursing, radiation tech, etc? Those pay well, don’t require much training, and can pay your way through further schooling…

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