i'm not one for making these kinda posts usually but i need to vent.... i'm seriously contemplating a career change.. i'm thinking of getting out of the marine mechanic business. i'm very curious as to how well truck drivers do.. more on that at the bottom.. got into a huge screamfest with my boss again yesterday.. i definitely feel under-appreciated... i've been with the company 12 yrs, 3 longer than my boss has owned it... i shoulda bought it when it was offered to me.. but thats another story... we're a small company, my boss, his wife who does the payroll and stuff outta the house, me, another mechanic, another glass guy and usually a young grunt.. i've always been the one that paid the extra dues... stay till 10 at night to finish jobs, come in early for weeks at a time to catch us up.. being full service, i get all the huge crazy jobs that noone else can do.. from big paint jobs to demoing 1/2 the boat to do fuel tanks, crazy boat-fit repowers, wiring nightmares, etc... i've always, just been the one that was gonna do em when they came thru the door.. it's a given... lot of stress-filled, custom type work... its all starting to take a toll... physically, i'm bleeding and exhausted pretty much every day... now, if i was making killer money, i'd suffer thru it... i do ok, but should be better as most people feel... i pay 100% of my insurance and am lucky to get 1 week paid vacay after all this time... now to the truck thing... how well can you do in a couple years? where's the big money? over the road? could i be making 50 g's in a few years under the right circumstances? investing in a rig is not an option... i imagine fuel costs are hurting this industry as well.... thanks for any imput and reading my drival if you've made it this far.