Originally Posted by nyf
Would working in a medical field be appealing? Look at certification as an x-ray technician, radiation therapist, nuclear medicine tech, etc. Two year technical degree, no college required; decent pay and hours; possibly personally rewarding? Otherwise, +1 to the trades.
+1 Someone I dated did this and is now a Resp. Therapist. Makes good money and loves her job. Minimal education.
Originally Posted by Huntsman
Electricians and welders can get paid more than many 'professional' jobs, but you need at least levels of certification to get into them, and/or apprenticeships.
I haven't read all of the pages in this thread but the whole country is in desperate need of Lineman. It's outdoor, Union work and pays into the high $20's per hour. One just needs to take a math test to get into a union (check out IBEW). It can be physical work but it's really not that bad and it'll keep you in shape. Also, some companies will pay for you to go to school and in 2 years of school / work you'll be making great $ with a good job. ($40 / hr for overtime in storms and other bad weather) Target might have tuition reimbursement? I'd also just go to a community college to get the regular courses out of the road. I graduated from a private college and it was really a waste of money. If I had it to do over again, I'd go to a community college and then transfer to a regular college and get a degree at night in 2 years. Many schools now have this program if you have about 60 credits (or something like that). Trades are good $ at times but can be boring / slightly dangerous at times (if you aren't careful) but can be a short term plan while you take some classes and enjoy time with the wife...