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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by bigboy, Dec 6, 2005.

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What carrer is best and why????

Poll closed Dec 9, 2005.
  1. Firefighter

    4 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. Police officer/ law enforesment

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  3. Automotive tech

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  4. Electrical engineering tech

    16 vote(s)
    44.4%
  5. Diesel tech

    7 vote(s)
    19.4%
  6. EMT emergancy medical tech

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. bigboy

    bigboy Registered Member

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    Hi here are some jobs I have been interested in and looking into schooling for which ever one I choose. I really need some help pros cons ect on what job would be best. I am interested in all of them.
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    :cough:umm er dude:cough: Cops suck anyway................
     
  3. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

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    from the looks of your list, i would avoid the EMT, and the law enforcement. spelling is pretty critical in those areas.
     
  4. 2High4U

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    Diesel mechanic! thats where the money is look at all the retail\parts stores or anything else that needs to be delivered in bulk there are tons of it. there is plenty of demand and it pays damn well.
     
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    at the moment I would go diesel tech over auto tech. I've been going to school for auto and kind of wish I went for Diesel... though I just don't care for Diesels as much so whatever.
     
  6. ronnny

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    Look for a job like some listed that will not lay off when times start to go bad. The money in diesel maintenance right now is good till you get enough mexicians around you to start taking some of the jobs. Start with the fire dept. and then work your way into emt work as you get time and older. As you get older you will look at some of the less active jobs to do. Not saying that an emt is not active. Just not as much as the firefighter. Do you want to eat dough nuts like some on here? Make sure you enjoy your work whatever it is.
     
  7. jk5blazer

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    People will always need firefighters/emt's/and cops. Its all about job security. Government jobs rock. You cant beat the hours( I only speak for fire and ems), chicks dig it, the pay could be better, but the hours you work allow for a second job. You have to love your job, or it doesnt matter what you do. Also all of those jobs require some kind of school or trainning, so be ready for that. I would say fire/ems but I am kind of partial. Also with fire and ems you see alot of good and bad from and of people, you have to be honest with yourself if you can handle them. And spelling does count, so thank God for spell check. Good luck with the job search
     
  8. DEMON44

    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    I don't know how it works in the states. But up here theres automotive tech and heavy equipment tech (aka HD mechanic, aka diesel mechanic) HET does not include working on pickup trucks with diesel engines, thats designated automotive application. We work on Highway Rigs, Earth moving equipment, oil field equipment, trains, gas compressors stations, power generation..........you get the idea. No pickup trucks I'm HD Mech. Anyways what I'm getting at is a HD Mechanic is good to be around Alberta, not because the ecomony is so hot. But because the trades around here have been neglected for decades, now that the stats show something like 50% of current journeymen HD's will be retireing in the next 10 years. Theres a big deficit for skilled tradesmen. Get in on the ground floor and ride up.
     
  9. ARAMP1

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    I was a tech for a while and I did enjoy the work, but during those years, the maintenance on my own vehicles declined. For instance, I turned wrenches all day and the very last thing I wanted to do was go home and do brakes. Just a thought.
     
  10. diesel4me

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    No fun...

    A diesel mechanic might be in huge demand now..but its a back breaking job..I don't think driving one is much fun either..might be OK for some guys,but I'd dread driving 1000+ miles to a strange place,and worry about hitting a low bridge,or not being able to get out of a situation..(like a bus driver I know,who went into the Holland Tunnel in NY--and had to BACK out 1/2 mile with a police escort!...whoops!..You'll be ready to retire at 45,being a diesel mechanic....and wishing you took on a different trade..auto mechanic same thing..plus you spend lots of money on tools...I know a few personally--they regret being a diesel mechanic after they hit 45-50 years old..the pay is irrelevant if your killing yourself to make it..I'd say being a Heavy Equipment Operator looks like a decent job..not too physically demanding,fun to do (like a kid in a sandbox with his Tonka toys!)..and its in high demand now,with all the demolition and construction going on in hurricane areas,and everywhere else now..and it pays well,and usually you get good benifits too..got to have a hydraulics licence and a hoisting licence here though..and all classes are booked up for at least 2 years..more guys retiring soon than are going to be able to take over in the near future!..Above all,liking what you do is the key..your life is bound to suck anyway--don't make it make it even more miserable by doing a job you hate,just because you think everyone is doing it too..not all of them are--the ones who enjoy the job they have say it doesn't feel like work..it feels more like they are paid to do what they love!..I've never found my "perfect" job..I know selling car parts and working in retail wasn't it..The junkyard was fun,until winter and 100 degree summer days came along,and hornets and frostbite were a problem..low pay and hard work too..but FUN most of the time!...I endured the harsh conditions a long time,because I liked what I was doing...most of the time anyway..
     
  11. u2slow

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    Adding on to Demon's post...

    Here we have Automotive, Commercial Transport (straight-trucks, semi-tractors, buses, dump trucks, etc) and also Heavy Duty (earth movers, ships, trains, & other heavy equipment). I know people in all three - IMO heavy-duty seems like the broadest field.

    I voted Electrical because that's my field too. Be sure which end of it you want - and can afford. An engineer is one thing. A 'Tech' suggests a technician (or technologist) and then you're basically looking at trade - Electrician or Instrument Mechanic.
     
  12. Eric M.

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    You know, one of the biggest problems (or benefits) with the internet is the inability to distinguish race. You can be a black man posting on a KKK web site and no one would ever know.

    Make sure you know who's going to read your posts before you put them up for the entire world to see. You wouldn't want anyone thinking you're a racist, would you.

    Adios amigo
     
  13. cbbr

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    Never worked any of those jobs, but of the choices, I would say electrical engineering. I have friends that graduated in EE. They work in a wide variety of fields, make good money and the work is not very physically demanding so you can do it forever.
     
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    Electrical/Electronic techs are hard to come by. It's a clean job most of the time. Very challanging, I do wiring, panel building, troubleshooting,
    I work with controls, servo and ac varible speed drives, PLC's.
     
  15. bigboy

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    Well for the firefighter thaing im pretty sure I could handle seeing what they see I am currently on the madison twn. vol. firedept as a JR. volunteer it is bassicly longer trainning the only thing is I cannot enter a burning building yet until I turn 18 I respond to all calls but cannot go in I just help outside and on car accidents and stuff like that I have had tranning to be on the dept and have seen some pretty nasty ****. As for police officer yeah cops suck but I think it would be a cool job ya know. The electrical engineering tech would be kinda cool but not sure yet. Auto tech I would be interested in but everyone says I will not like it for that long. Diesel tech is the same except for I would make more money and I would have 100 percent job placement after I get out of school. All these jobs make about the same amount of money fire/police/emt all start out at about 40K a year.
     
  16. GotLabs

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    I would look into the law enforcement jobs. Maybe not a local cop, but SS, FBI, CIA, border patrol. If you have a degree, and a clean record they should grab you up in a year or so. Also, the Natural Resource aspect of LE, you know game wardens.
     
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    I voted electrical engineering tech, but I would advise you to get an electrical engineering degree, not an electrical engineering technology degree. There is a difference, and in my job (consulting engineer) it is a big difference. a person with an engineering technology degree usually can not become a licensed professional engineer, and will not make as much money, or move up as quick in the company.

    BTW, I am an electrical engineer, and I have taken the test to get my professional engineering license, just waiting on the results.
     
  18. mikayak390

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    I agree there is a big difference between BS in EE and an Electronics tech. After the school is done,Masters is not a bad idea for an EE these days, the difference is a 30-50K max for technician level vs 45K starting for and EE and average of 60-90K after only a 4-5 years experence.

    I am an EE tech, computer science, biomedical Engineering background. The EE tech means nothing, but working in the biomed field means a secure job and decent pay. It helps that I have 9 years exp.

    If I had to do it all over I'd have either partied my butt off in college gotten a degree in communications and marketing or business then 10 years later made more money than I know what to do with. (wait thats my friends but anyway) Sales is where the real money is made in NJ.

    Master Mechanic or fire fighter would be my do over choice. They both make the same money as I do and they have more fun jobs.

    All things considered I like my job and the pay is ok, but the company sucks. I should work on fixing that soon.
     
  19. tiger9297

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    I read something not long ago where people were asked to rank the most prestigious jobs. Of course this is opinion, but "Firefighter" was ranked the #1 most prestigious job. I have been severly burned before and I can say that they have my utmost admiration. To willingly take the risks they take is truly brave in my opinion. Just my .02.
     
  20. cok5

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    I was an EMT when I got out of HS. It was fun for awhile then burnout started to set in. Holding dead babies in your arms is not my idea of fun. Not to mention that the pay sucked and you should also check the suicide/divorce rate in that career field! I then got into Corrections...that was a pretty fun job and pay was pretty good. I did that for about 3 years and then moved back home to Texas. Now I am starting over....I work as a Commissioned Security Guard right now and once again the pay sucks! Hopefully next week I will start to work in the oilfield doing wireline services. If that don't pan out....diesel mechanics here I come. Also thought about mechanical engineering. Bottom line is do something you can enjoy.....and will enjoy at 60 years old.
     

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