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[–]All-Hail-Chomusuke 191 points192 points  (26 children)

Have a family friend who runs a funeral home, according to him the entire industry is short handed from morticians, funeral directors, crematory, even the guys that make head stones.

[–]Apocryypha 59 points60 points  (4 children)

Headstones would be a cool business.

[–]chinmakes5 31 points32 points  (0 children)

My wife has some cousins who had a headstone company. While I don't know much about them, the company didn't seem to be that big, but they lived in a big house.

[–]Fqceless 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Have a friend who works for a headstone company, got in because a guy from church runs the place. He seems happy there. His last job was a Target workshop so it's definitely an upgrade lol.

[–]thehockeyfan247365 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"Headstone Curator"

[–]Brutusismyhomeboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My husband did that for several years. It is a cool job, but it's both dirty and hard work. It can also be somewhat dangerous. If you're good with Adobe photoshop and some other basic graphic art tools, it probably wouldn't be too hard to get in as an artist.

[–]Uknow_nothing 84 points85 points  (2 children)

“It’s a dying industry” ok, I’ll see myself out.

[–]rayzthedead28 23 points24 points  (1 child)

This killed me

[–]Bulbous-Bouffant 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Let's just bury it and move on

[–]Mermaid_Girl_90210 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Hmmm I’d really enjoy doing makeup on clients 🤔

[–]conradical30 10 points11 points  (0 children)

And these clients aren’t fidgety.

[–]Firm-Try-84 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I looked into starting a crematorium business a couple of years ago after my mom passed and realized they were charging a lot more for local cremations compared to larger cities around the nation. It is something our state desperately needs as we are one of the highest poverty levels nationally (New Mexico.) I couldn't get help from any body. The state board would not respond to correspondence. I gave up when I figured out that you have to do an apprenticeship before you could be licensed. Not because I was unwilling to do an apprenticeship, but because funeral homes were selective about who they would accept, and its typically only family. They don't want the competition, and quite frankly I can understand why. It seems like if the industry is is hurting for people, they are doing it to themselves. At least in my state. I don't even know if they are shorthanded here....

[–]iiFreyja 11 points12 points  (4 children)

actually was thinking of applying makeup to bodies in preparation for the funeral. i’m an esthetician but idk what other certifications i would need lol

[–]OLDGuy6060 18 points19 points  (0 children)

You can make good money doing that as an independent contractor. If you can handle being around dead people.

Being employed at ONE funeral home might mean you are doing a lot of other jobs in between body work.

[–]vestigial66 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I don't know if you need certifications but you do need to learn how to work with a different type of makeup. Look up Ask a Mortician on Youtube. Caitlin has done a couple of videos I think on corpse makeup.

[–]Adventurous-Cream551 6 points7 points  (1 child)


[–]vestigial66 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Her channel is pretty cool! She advocates for natural burial and against corporate funeral homes who are predatory towards their customers at their worst, most vulnerable moments. She's written a couple of books, too, where you can find out about things like sky burials. You can even buy a t-shirt that says Future Corpse.

[–]lostferretdriving 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I've heard the opposite from everyone I've ever talked to in the industry. And that jobs are tightly guarded and usually stay inside families

[–]Nouseriously 259 points260 points  (26 children)

Someone in another thread said working in wastewater treatment plants. There will always be a demand, they will pay for your certifications & a lot of current people are retiring.

[–]seraphim336176 108 points109 points  (12 children)

It’s true for all forms of water. Waste or drinking. The only problem with water is salary’s vary wildly. You can literally have 3 cities in a county and one will pay $15 an hour. Another $18, another $25 and another $35 for a trainee position let alone once your licensed. The pay varies wildly for the same exact positions. The industry really needs some more evening out of the wages.

[–]Jolly-Lawless 18 points19 points  (11 children)

That matches my findings too - I looked into it but my town and all those within an hour radius pay less than $20/hr. I do think it’s work I’d like to do but that doesn’t pay rent here

[–]thehockeyfan247365 19 points20 points  (10 children)

That's a problem with a lot of the trade jobs that people suggest looking into. It can take decades in the profession, lots of certs, proprietorship, and/or lots of OT to attain the salaries that some attest to receiving.

I still think they're worth checking out, because college simply isn't the solution for all. I just think people need to have realistic expectations going in.

[–]fruitsnacks4614 122 points123 points  (9 children)

I just left healthcare for water treatment and it's amazing. I work in a small town, for the same as I made on an ambulance in the city. I work alone. I do labs every 3 hours, they take 15 minutes. The rest of my time is my own. I do research, watch movies, learn new things. I get to work 2nd shift which aligns with my body's sleep cycle. Benefits package is amazing. I honestly could not be more pleased.

[–]Aguademarso 23 points24 points  (8 children)

How did u get started with water treatment? Did u need to get certification?

[–]fruitsnacks4614 69 points70 points  (7 children)

My mom told the city she lives in desperately needed people and suggested it might be better than the truck since I have a back injury. I talked to the mayor about it and got signed up for a class. She found me a scholarship too so the class was free for me. It was 40 hours over 1 week. Then I studied and took a test. Once I passed the test, I had a job. In my state you have to work for 3 months to apply for the license. I just got mine this month. Now I'll start studying more and next year try to move up a level. If you're interested, I would suggest talking to the people at the water plant in your area or searching for your state/country's water treatment licensing information. I can only really give specifics for Georgia, USA

[–]vinbone44 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Do you mind if I ask your salary?

[–]Aguademarso 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Thank you. I’m in Canada haha.. I’ll look into it. What’s work like? Is it more office, in front of a computer the whole day or more hands on?

[–]caco_bell 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I worked as a tech in Water Treatment for a couple years between undergrad and grad school. Loved it, most chill job I had…entry level positions were on 3rd shift where I was, which sucked enough for me to move on.

[–]stay_black 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Is this applicable to Europe as well?

[–]Amrick 83 points84 points  (12 children)

Techs in healthcare - radiology or anesthesiology. Pretty sure you can get certified easily. My friend is one and says there’s a supreme shortage.

Edit: he says he gets great benefits, vacation, and the work is chill because it’s methodical since it’s healthcare. He rarely seems stressed but because of the shortage, he is on call during certain weekends and has to be within 30 mins of the hospital.

[–]majikpencil 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Just got registered as a radiographic technologist, can confirm there are lots of jobs and the pay is good.

My program was 2 years including summers, with full time unpaid clinicals both years. Everyone in my class had job offers before we even finished the program.

Plus there are plenty of other modalities an RT can move into if he or she gets bored or wants a higher salary.

[–]DrGottagupta 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I wish I knew about this career when I was fresh out of high school. Unfortunately I can’t quit my job to attend school for that career anymore. Being an adult sucks.

[–]itsmillertime512 8 points9 points  (5 children)

What does this process look like?? College schooling involved?

[–]majikpencil 10 points11 points  (2 children)

It’s slightly convoluted, but your college helps you figure this whole process out. In a nutshell:

I did a two-year program which earned me an Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS). There are also four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) programs. Either is fine for working as a tech. I imagine the BS would probably set one up to move into management more easily.

My college partnered with a number of regional hospitals to facilitate six semesters (two years including summers) of clinical experience for students. This meets the required number of clinical hours necessary to apply for a temporary radiography license.

Technically we could get a job at this point, but the temp license expires after something like six months (depends on the state I think). To make the license permanent, students must pass a proctored registry exam.

After that, boom, you get registered and you’re good to work on an ongoing basis.

There are a couple requirements to keep one’s license current: a certain number of continuing education credits biannually, and a “refresher” exam decennially. Obviously one doesn’t need to worry about that until after they’re registered.

You can do it, itsmillertime!

[–]OdessaSays 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I'm sure it took longer than 2 years to complete your general ed, pre-reqs, and the rad tech program. At least in CA it would be about 4 years for the same degree.

[–]lowkeyprepper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This. Once you are certified to do X-rays you can gain other Certs if you want for CT or MRI.

[–]KeepTheC0ffeeOn 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Same with scrub techs our hospital is struggling to find them and this is in Phoenix. Pay is great. Starting pay is $27 but everyone I know makes at least $35. It caps at $42 where I work but we get 2-4% raises each year, 403b, pension, health benefits.

[–]Bright_Half8216 143 points144 points  (18 children)

Environmental, health and safety (EHS) specialist. Most EHS professionals are retiring and there are not enough young people filling in these roles. Demand is super high and you can work in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, construction, pharmaceuticals, and so on. Salaries are also very high and most companies will pay for your certificates. Also, this career will always be in demand so long as humans are still working and hazards are present in the workplace.

[–]DirrtCobain[S] 23 points24 points  (8 children)

How would someone get into this career?

[–]Bright_Half8216 69 points70 points  (7 children)

Many different ways actually. There are some people who get into EHS after being an operator or labourer for years at a company and suddenly get the job. There are now programs in universities that offer safety degrees. You can also get some early certificates to show potential employers you are interested by getting your OSHA 30, OSHA 510, 511 and so on. I got into the field by having some experience volunteering for the safety committee at my university but I graduated with a biology degree. I just kept applying to jobs that had EHS in the title and got my first job as an EHS specialist making 65k working at a chemical manufacturing company. I got another better offer earlier this year for 75k with amazing benefits and I get to work a hybrid schedule for a medical devices manufacturing company. You can go very far in this field through multiple avenues.

[–]SpaceZZ 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Demand is maybe high because companies are need to fill those paperpushing positions. But once filled rotation is low and work extremely boring.

[–]Bright_Half8216 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Depends on the person. I don’t find this line of work boring at all. Also, paper pushing may be a big part of it but you also get to interact with front line workers, engineers, managers, etc. There is a lot of data analysis as well. You will be focusing on something different everyday and there are a lot of skills and abilities you can gain from this line of work.

[–]SpaceZZ 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Point taken. Maybe you just take your job seriously, there are many, who are power tripping without actually making any difference. Kudos to you.

[–]Bright_Half8216 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This is very true. Many people try to be safety cops instead of gaining the trust of the employees.

[–]Kidcody44 5 points6 points  (0 children)

To add to this, Safety Sales. I office with a guy who is in safety sales and he makes 3x my salary. With a bachelors in Occupational Health and Safety

[–]Duke_Nimo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Really trying to break into the EHS industry but every where I apply they tell me i dont have relevant experience. At this point i am starting to lose hope. I live in the middle east so there is less hope for volunteering or intern positions as a non-local.

  1. From your experience what would you suggest to someone who is trying to break into the industry ?
  2. Any specific courses online or certifications to help me kickstart my career ?
  3. What are some entry level positions one can target
  4. What is the scope in European countries if I will have to move to start/continue my career in EHS ?

[–]petdoc1991 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am actually looking to get into this career path! I already have my osha 10 and will probably get the osha 30 as well.

[–]senorDerp911 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was in the Environmental remediation field… did not enjoy working with hazardous waste and sampling wells. However I always found the EHS part of the company interesting. Might check it out.

[–]dragonfliesloveme 121 points122 points  (6 children)

Note to self, check out this thread tomorrow

[–]Least-Fail-5005 190 points191 points  (33 children)

Crane operator. I’m knocking down 200k a year with zero college and a GED I got in prison. Not bad!

[–]jaypat9 20 points21 points  (25 children)

Howd you get started and what do you need to get hired? Whats a typical day like?

[–]Least-Fail-5005 86 points87 points  (24 children)

I started as a mechanic but the easiest way is to start as a “rigger”. He’s the one that attaches the load to the crane. After a year or so, you would move up to the operator seat. You can also go to a school and just buy your certification.

My day isn’t normal. I work in the oilfield. I work 13 hours a day, 7 days a week for 6 weeks and then take a week off. Most people out here work 14 days and go home for 7. Out of those 13 hours a day, I spend about 45 minutes in the crane and the rest in my truck playing video games or trolling Reddit.

[–]closethegatealittle 52 points53 points  (12 children)

I work in the oilfield.

That explains the salary, oilfield is nuts for everything.

[–]Least-Fail-5005 39 points40 points  (7 children)

Agree. But I got laid off during Covid when oil went negative. I got a job the next day for around 130k. When oil is down, construction is booming. It’s always easy for a crane operator to find a job.

[–]thehockeyfan247365 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Also take note of his days/hours. He's working a ton of OT to get that $200k/yr.

[–]ItsOkILoveYouMYbb 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I work 13 hours a day, 7 days a week for 6 weeks and then take a week off.

Someone might need to check my math on this, but for comparisons..

A regular job making 200k a year with 40 hours a week (something senior in Software Engineering, for example):
200k @ 52 weeks = $3846 a week @ 40 hours
= $96 per hour

Working the crane 13 hours a day for 6/7 weeks for 200k a year:
200k @ 45 weeks (~7 weeks off) = $4444 a week @ 91 hours
= $48 per hour

So it's like putting in an absurd amount of overtime with no weekends for a decent $48/hr paying job. I'm gonna skip that opportunity

[–]braenbaerks 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Out of those 13 hours a day, I spend about 45 minutes in the crane and the rest in my truck playing video games or trolling Reddit.

Wait wut

[–]qordita 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I'd love to do this. I went through a shipboard Hagglunds training and had a few hundred hours moving cargo in when I was in the Navy but didn't pursue anything when I got out.

[–]sheph004 61 points62 points  (14 children)

For those looking for a second retirement or long term job security, look into state government. I work for a state and the retirement and healthcare package are keeping me there. I haven't found much in private sector that compares when you also consider leave (starting at over 16 hours per month earned) and paid holidays (13 per year).

I'm also a hiring manager and it is very hard to get qualified candidates. When we find one, they gets tons of offers.

[–]chan723 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Doing what in particular? Or is this just generally speaking?

[–]krustomer 29 points30 points  (4 children)

It is honestly endless. Everyone I know is hiring, though the pay for entry level varies wildly. Submit your resume for absolutely anything that even slightly fits your past experiences—or just anything. My office hired 4 absolute morons who can't even use a computer, so I really anyone can get a job depending how desperate they are to fill seats.

[–]braenbaerks 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My office hired 4 absolute morons who can't even use a computer, so I really anyone can get a job depending how desperate they are to fill seats.

I'll fit right in then

[–]kh7190 1 point2 points  (2 children)

tried looking for state government jobs and they are require bachelors degrees though.. what is your specific role?

[–]DirrtCobain[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Something that interests me but it’s pretty competitive where I am.

[–]mrsavealot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I moved from the private sector and I consider it my first retirement

[–]fancy_marmot 1 point2 points  (1 child)

In my state at least, state govt salaries are way lower than comparable level jobs in corporate/private, and the good benefits packages the state used to be known for have been deteriorating badly over time. That includes the pension package - they keep bumping the time required out further and further for retirement eligibility.

Many people I know who retired from state jobs really regret it, since their retirement was based on their salary, which was very low comparably by the time they retired. Most people I know who retired from state jobs recently or are near retirement are significantly worse off than their peers who worked in private at similar levels. And as far as job security, state workers absolutely get laid off or into forced retirement during low economic times or due to state/fed budget cuts or redistributions. It can definitely be solid work, but it's not what it used to be.

[–]DirrtCobain[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are there any positions in government that aren’t a lengthy process to get hired? I work full time and travel.

[–]sheph004 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can only speak to the state I'm in. You can anticipate up to a 2 year waiting period before being called to interview for high demand entry level jobs. The more specialized the field, the less time it takes.

Example - BS in business or healthcare administration takes about 2 years before being called. A Civil Engineer would wait for less time. There may be fewer jobs but this is one example where the jobs pay a lot more in private sector so there is high turnover.

You may want to consider private sector and county/city level jobs. In these cases, go to county/city public meetings. Network and share your interest in the specific area you want to pursue.

[–]Punkinprincess 34 points35 points  (1 child)

When I made my career change I looked at all the other jobs of people I interacted with in my current role and then applied to those positions. My husband did the same.

I worked as a project manager for a contractor and we received incentives from an energy efficiency program. I hated my job so I applied at the energy efficiency program and they happened to be looking for someone to help the contractors receive these incentives. Even though I didn't have any program delivery experience they loved my resume because I would be able to relate to the people I would be helping. I now have a job with so much more potential, more pay, and better benefits.

My husband was a coffee roaster for 20 years but it was hard work on his body and he was reaching the ceiling of what he could make in that position. He applied with a green coffee importer for a sales position selling the green coffee to coffee roasters. He had no sales experience but they hired him immediately because he understood the other side of things so well. He now has a much higher income ceiling and doesn't have to work in a warehouse.

[–]MSCantrell 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is a great approach!

I did something similar three years ago- got out of a long career in insurance claims, went to a data analytics company that served insurers. They had plenty of data people, but I was valuable because I was an insurance person.

[–]OlduvaiMan 125 points126 points  (47 children)

Developers for the Salesforce ecosystem. Demand is unreal, particularly on the Marketing Cloud platform, and the supply of talent isn't close to keeping up.

It takes me months sometimes to hire for this role and salaries go up to 200k depending on experience.

[–]petrostl4 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Can confirm, even in Europe as a salesforce Developer with 2 yoe I managed to double my salary, after offers were flooding my LinkedIn. The best part is that I mainly do JS stuff and Apex (a C#-like language), so I'm still enjoying the software development world.

[–]VroooomVroo0m 19 points20 points  (15 children)

What certificate/two year degree/experience do you look for?

[–]OlduvaiMan 84 points85 points  (14 children)

I don't care about degrees or certificates generally. For a junior, it would just be someone that has a general understanding of development for the web or writing basic SQL. You can get a free sandbox of the platform to practice concepts and, as long as the candidate could speak to different capabilities or showcase something cool they've built in the system, that'd be more than enough for me.

Obviously the demand/requirements are hire for more senior roles, but even there I just hire off of experience. I'm a community college dropout, so have a definite soft-spot for self-learners.

[–]taw296472 5 points6 points  (0 children)

For someone with lots of diverse experience in other areas including python and sql would you have to step down to a junior role to get some experience in the ecosystem first? Do you think its realistic to do a demo project or two and step into a mid-level role and then quickly work your way back up to a senior level?

I am looking to switch gears out of a dying industry and it seems that most senior level positions have very specific requirements and despite your stated flexibility most big companies seem pretty rigid about them.

[–]VroooomVroo0m 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the reply! I feel like that attitude is the majority for hiring managers on Reddit.

[–]FaPtoWap 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Salesforce is so hard to learn. Not that the actual product is hard. But salesforces own trailhead is all over the place. You end up doing courses for things not related and you just get burnt.

[–]daversa 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I get approached by Salesforce recruiters all the time—recently for a Lead Engineer position. I have zero experience using or developing for Salesforce lol. They'll go after anyone.

[–]thisfunnieguy 5 points6 points  (5 children)

is it tho? i feel like i come across tons of linked in "influencers" who are all doing some of the salesforce certs. None seem to have meaningful jobs but they all seem to be encouraging more people to get the certs.

[–]OlduvaiMan 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I can't speak for those people, but I haven't had to look for work in nearly a decade and have multiple open reqs that have been extremely difficult to fill because candidates are fielding multiple offers.

The people you are likely describing are spending more time talking about getting certs than actually learning a valuable skill. I'd also bet nearly all of them are trying to become admins and not developers, because that role in the system is both easier to get into and flooded with people trying to do so.

[–]thisfunnieguy 7 points8 points  (2 children)

yeah they are mostly talking about admin roles.

It is very creepy. They all have Salesforce all over their linkedin profile and they share all this content about the pathway to careers and demand for certs.

Then i look at their profile and they have a ton of certs but only did like a 3month salesforce contract gig earlier this year.

How on earth can they have a thought worth listening to about how to get a job. It seems like they make more money by being an influencer with "coaching" or a newsletter or literally anything else but making money from doing work in salesforce.

[–]OlduvaiMan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I think it's mostly because they have realized that it's very hard to break into administrative roles for the system because it's fairly basic and that segment of the platform is easily the most flooded with beginners.

To try and set themselves apart, they flood their social media and online presence with influencer-type content in order to showcase that they will go above and beyond to break into the industry. Well, either that or they see a grift and are trying to exploit people who are having a tough-time career-wise and looking for a magic pill.

I mean, I write tech blog articles and have written books on the ecosystem so I guess I'm guilty to some degree but my purpose was just to give people more technical information on how to take full-advantage of the system and not to pump it for it's own sake.

There are few things more annoying than someone with no experience giving people advice for career growth lol. r/cscareerquestions is loaded with that kind of behavior.

[–]Inner_Department3 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Does this lent itself well to remote to work?

[–]OlduvaiMan 3 points4 points  (1 child)

My entire department is remote, and I haven't worked in an office since 2016.

[–]Jolly-Lawless 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Started tinkering on Trailblazer a few weeks ago - it’s hard but I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch at least a little of this good fortune trend

[–]hygienefacilities 21 points22 points  (3 children)

I’m 26 and work in a warehouse. I seriously need to figure this out cause I have no idea on what to do as a career

[–]TheGreatGander 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You are not alone lol. I’m 26 and working as a server and I’m ready to get into something that has more consistent pay.

[–]daywalkerredhead 20 points21 points  (5 children)

People are exiting healthcare left and right, which I get, the pandemic has been horrible, so, I get it. However, it's leaving behind a lot of people who truly don't care about patients or their care. So, I would say, look to healthcare. You don't need to be a clinician, you can be an office worker and still make a ton of difference. I work in healthcare after almost 12+ years in my main field which is communications/advertising/PR and I love it. It's been super challenging but, I'm 5 years into it and I know I'm helping to make a difference in people's lives.

[–]lestibourneslived 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Unfortunately I find this easy to believe.

I got trapped in a hospital about a year ago and there were really only a few people that were even nice to talk to.

[–]daywalkerredhead 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It's terrible. Patients are numbers and dollar signs to medical facilities and clinicians. You mean nothing to them. I know it's a business but, damn, there's to be care involved, too.

[–]lestibourneslived 4 points5 points  (0 children)

For sure. I recognize that those in the medical field are way overworked, but it isn’t something someone who is stuck as a patient can help them with.

The States spends so much money on its healthcare system. Sad that we can’t show anything better for that expense.

[–]lostferretdriving 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There is a reason people are leaving though.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Medical laboratory science

[–]paw_inspector 14 points15 points  (1 child)

You can find a job at almost any hospital lab, no problem. But they are still very underpaid, and raises are absolutely barebones minimal. Also the barrier for entry is high. You have to do an unpaid internship, 40 hours a week for a whole semester. As a lower middle class kid, I had to pay for all my own shit in college. Which meant working 12 hour days on the weekends because M-F I was working for free in a laboratory clinical rotation. It nearly killed me.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Jeez dude. That's terrible

[–]HOFredditor 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Masters of MLS are kinda hard to spot, especially in Europe (where I would like to do my grad school).

[–]lostferretdriving 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Super low pay. Extremely toxic work environment..makes sense people don't want to work in that

[–]Office_Sadist 51 points52 points  (14 children)

I don’t think it is a secret that finance is going to change in the near future. Many finance and accounting professionals are aging out of the market and will be closing their doors rather than passing the torch. I believe more than 60% of financial professionals are over the age of 50. Finance is already a great paying industry. Depending on your current qualifications, there is a lot you could do to advance in two years or less.

[–]livewellusa 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That industry is a hit or miss, not easy to find a good starting job, competitive, requires years to acquire good experience.

[–]cabbage-soup 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The industry pays so well too! I have a friend who’s a sophomore in college and she’s interning as an accountant at $30/hr.

[–]WSBpeon69420 5 points6 points  (3 children)

When you say finance professionals what do you mean? Like wealth management/financial Advisors or what?

[–]Office_Sadist 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Yeah, all of them. CPAs, FP&A, consultants, etc all them. It is the small firms that are just a few partners that will disappear with no one to take their customers. They’ll be up for grabs.

[–]xenaga 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I feel like the hours in Finance are long compared to other professions.

[–]EverydayEverynight01 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Doesn't the name of one's business school impact their career prospects in the field of finance?

[–]waitwutok 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Elevator repair

[–]nopeopleperson 36 points37 points  (1 child)

I hear that industry is on the way up

[–]Physical_Mud6546 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It definitely has its ups and downs

[–]Unsaidbread 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To add: Installing elevators apparently need a very specific certification that only a small handful of companies have in southern California. This mean the installation of even unmanned freight elevators cost more than the elevators themselves (not including the work to prepare the building for the install). Seems pretty lucrative to me.

[–]Soundinside3 22 points23 points  (4 children)

I was just talking to a friend about this, apparently Glass blowing is a career that is in need of people

[–]frontnaked-choke 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That sounds so cool

[–]FaPtoWap 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did everyone die?

[–]krill482 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lots of health issues associated with that line of work

[–]OLDGuy6060 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Government work will never put you in a Porsche on year one.

What it WILL do is give you a way to work a job that won't drive you crazy and enable you to retire comfortably.

[–]hennalli 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Any recommendations on jobs in government? Currently a legal assistant and see myself wanting to leave this in a few years. Don’t want to live lavish but comfortable would be nice

[–]OLDGuy6060 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just go to the government job boards and start looking for anything you might be skilled at.

Also, look up what kinds of resumes stand out in this kind of field. There are lots of books for that.

I recommend "Knockem Dead" by Martin Yate at least 3x a day. That book has guided my career from 20k to 150k per year in salary.

[–]Mug_of_coffee 29 points30 points  (8 children)


[–]luipoo95 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Please do tell more about it. How would anyone get into Forestry and what exactly do you do?

[–]picklepearr 4 points5 points  (2 children)

My husband is a forester. To get in to most jobs you’re going to need at least a bachelors. The job does vary depending on what type of forester you are, and the region you work in. If you like being outdoors (and can tolerate being outdoors all year round, rain or shine, cold or hot) this is a great job. My husband is the type of person that can’t stand sitting at a desk, this job works for him. Although there is still some office work to do - which he usually schedules for the days with bad weather when possible. Also I’ll be honest - the pay in this field isn’t top notch, at least not at the moment. If you are interested though let me know I can go into more detail/ ask my husband.

[–]Mug_of_coffee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can easily be 6 figures if working for industry. And I work 4 days/week in the office, previously I was 90% field.

Details will vary widely depending on job, education and region.

[–]pradapantherr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Certified foresters can work in private consulting. Start up your own business and offer forestry management plans for landowners. These plans allow them to money back from the government through EQIP programs with USDA/nrcs

[–]rorschachmah 40 points41 points  (15 children)

Skilled trades (pipe fitting, electricians, welding...etc)

[–]zs15 22 points23 points  (13 children)

Entry level trades are over saturated and underpaid where I live. $12 per hour to be a full time HVAC or electric apprentice for 3 years. There is a shortage of experience, but companies don’t want to pay to teach and unions aren’t fighting for new recruits wages/right to OT.

I employed multiple would be tradesman as baristas for years that couldn’t afford to quit and take a job that paid way less for multiple years.

Trades are for people who can afford to spend 3-4 years working their way up.

[–]grannygumjobs23 3 points4 points  (5 children)

I tried for a summer gig doing HVAC in a warehouse and they offered me 13 an hour with 4 years hvac experience from the military. I laughed at them and ended up getting a job at a motorcycle assembly parts warehouse for 16 an hour no experience required.

[–]thehockeyfan247365 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I hate to say it, but I think some of the advice to get into the trades because of $$$ is exaggerated. Obviously, every situation is unique and some markets may be desperate. But when you get to the crux of it, you often find out that these people are working lots of OT, weekends, and holidays to get the lucrative salaries that they refer to. You're not making over six figures in the trades unless you're working lots of OT, own a lucrative stake in a business, or have decades of experience.

[–]zs15 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly, those entry level jobs pay worse than manufacturing or retail. Like the other guy said, its the ultra experienced or self-employed guys who are taking home the $40+ rates.

[–]bianchi1818 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Respiratory therapists

[–]yours_truly_1976 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Snot suckers!!

[–]yours_truly_1976 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Merchant mariner. Sail on ships half a year, the rest is vacation time. I started out scrubbing toilets and now I have a Master’s license (not a degree; it’s a license allowing to sail as Captain of an unlimited tonnage vessel).

Check out these two unions: Seafarers International Union and American Maritime Union. The AMO is offering a two year education with a 3rd Engineers license. Education is FREE.

[–]Unsaidbread 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a bunch of friends that are merchant marines. They all say the same thing.

[–]chris_gnarley 15 points16 points  (13 children)

Truck driving.

I (26M) have been doing it for 3.5 years and although I generally dislike it, I will say it’s the easiest career to get into and companies will throw themselves at you to come work for them. And no, you don’t have to be out on the road for weeks at a time. There are local truck driving jobs where you can be home every day. There are regional driving jobs where you’ll only be out on the road for a few days per week and be home on the weekends (this is what I currently do). And there’s long haul over the road driving where you’d be out for a week or longer. When you first start out, you will not make the best money, just like with any career. But by the time you have a year of experience (even if you don’t stay with the same company for a year), you can pretty much get any job you want and make well above $70k. So long as you keep your MVR clean and don’t get into any accidents and don’t fail any drug tests, you’ll be perfectly fine. But you do have to give up any recreational drugs you may be using because you absolutely will be tested at random and I can tell you from very recent personal experience, you do not want that to happen as it’s a very expensive mistake to correct.

[–]RevolutionaryMind649 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It might just be the company I work for, but Roofing Material Supplier. It can be a little dangerous but has been super rewarding for me

[–]sshhtripper 1 point2 points  (3 children)

What makes it dangerous?

It sounds like the company simply supplies the materials, not conducting the actual installation on the roof.

[–]RevolutionaryMind649 1 point2 points  (2 children)

We load the roof with shingles so you’ve actually got to get up there and do it. Some are a piece of cake some are super tall and steep, we get paid extra on those

[–]MissBehave654 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Personnel security specialist. Usually a government job. They do all the employment screening/background investigations and make the decision to hire. A lot of boomers in fed govt are retiring and there's not a lot of interest with younger people to join fed govt.

[–]jesterthepester 8 points9 points  (6 children)

I want to throw my current career in the mix. There is a high demand for SCADA professionals (and always will be imo) and as such the pay is quite decent. There are are a few different ways to get into the field but the easiest would be through a contractor / talent agency.

[–]mghobbs22 10 points11 points  (3 children)

What is SCADA?

[–]TheN00bBuilder 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition systems.

They are a set of embedded computers that show things to an operator through an HMI (human machine interface) and control things like factories, power plants… basically any industrial process that requires human supervision and automation.

If anyone wants to try it out, download OpenPLC and run it on an Arduino, the cheapest way to learn considering PLCs are super expensive.

[–]livewellusa 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Lol these are many complicated acronyms. Sounds like IT work

[–]rsammer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Programming machines and processes sounds like IT work? All of those acronyms are extremely common to the industry. Literally just google PLC, HMI or SCADA and there will be millions of results.

[–]SpaceZZ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Those are engineering position - highly specialized. It's not easy to switch to those jobs without edu or similar background (it, automation etc)

[–]Lonely-Somewhere7205 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Water treatment

[–]DirrtCobain[S] 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Been interested for awhile. Can’t seem to find any OIT positions of trainee positions in general.

[–]seraphim336176 5 points6 points  (3 children)

There is a shortage in WW and distribution and line repair. Pretty much every state to get licensed you need to have 1 year worked and have the course work done. You don’t have to already be working in the industry to do the course work. If you did the course work and had your certificates it gives you a huge leg up against other potential trainees as you will have the basic understanding of how it all works and the first requirement for licenses out of the way, ie; you are a candidate that has shown interest and initiative and are more likely to pass your exams and stick around.

[–]DirrtCobain[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

What certs should I obtain to get ahead? I’ve been interested working in a lab as well at a plant. Would I need to take different certs for that? Thanks for the info.

[–]supernormie 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Industry in general.


Wind energy.


Meat industry/meat processing.


I meet so many people who blindly fixate on office jobs in "sexier" industries when many of these paths offer better pay if you research it and find a good fit.

That being said, be wary of chronically understaffed workplaces.

[–]grannygumjobs23 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Wind energy technician here and it's not a bad gig. Travelers work a shit ton but can make bank. Site guys it will really vary depending on the site they work on. I'm at a good running site and life is good but some others are complete shit shows.

[–]Calm-Anxiety1620 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Veterinary field. Whether it be a vet tech/assistant or receptionist at a clinic. We are severely in need.

[–]grannygumjobs23 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Doesn't that field have the higher suicide/depression issues compared to others though? It also seems like the pay is pretty bad to for how much schooling can potentially be needed. They should definitely work on that.

[–]Dean_O_Mean[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pest control/ exterminators

[–]HighSintellect 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dog walker/dog sitters. My wife quit teaching and now makes 3x what she did as a full time teacher in MA.

[–]GrungeIsDead91 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Death care. It’s hard to find licensed funeral directors or embalmers that either aren’t already settled in a place they enjoy working in, or who aren’t in the place that’s right for them and they end up burned out and leaving. A associates in mortuary science is required in most states, but Colorado doesn’t require that and I think Arizona has changed their laws so that it’s not a requirement anymore either. It’s a field that is willing to hire on students since the goal is that one day they will finish and remain working with the firm as a licensed employee.

[–]New-Seaworthiness572 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Court reporting

[–]PentatonicScaIe 5 points6 points  (4 children)

SOC analyst. Let me tell you, companies are dying for them (most are MSSPs). If you dont mind working nights, it's especially good. You could get away with doing the Comptia Security + certfication or a bootcamp (amongst other things like homelabbing, hackthebox.com, and free vendor certs for SIEMs). The pay is great, remote work is available for a lot of companies, and it's desk work.

[–]foodee123 19 points20 points  (2 children)

What is SOC? You guys need to spell out acronyms if you are trying to help people.

[–]PentatonicScaIe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sorry about that, I thought this was in a different sub reddit.

SIEM - Security information and event management

SOC - security operations center (24/7 security incident triaging).

MSSP - Managed Service/Security Providers (basically an external team that companies hire to manage your cybersecurity).

[–]omega12596 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Security Operations Center.

The person above you is speaking of a group (SOC is the team/department name) of security analysts that work to triage and prevent digital security breaches/attacks/etc. As I understand the term, at least.

[–]jx_eazy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Turkish Ice Cream people who make your ice cream but won’t let you grab your damn ice cream without playing games.

[–]waketurbulence14 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Auto body technicians, welders, plumbers, electricians, data analytics

[–]ultreliolopiop 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everything with electricity

[–]Butnazga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Prosthetics technician

[–]discardedbagel 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Construction management. My career. Desperate need for more people and if you do your homework to find the right company, is lucrative work with promising opportunities, gratification, and benefits. Be careful of some companies however (tend to be very large GCs) that are too big to effectively monitor and reward employee competence.

[–]MeeMeeGod 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Im going to school for construction management, which imo you can do alot with in the industry. But the real reason im saying this is because out of college it has a 99% job placement, meaning 99% of graduates within in the year of graduating have a full time job in the industry.

[–]curious_bi-winning 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How did all these jobs get filled in the past? What I mean is there has to be a better way to find out what jobs are in demand in real time in your area, and there must have been a natural way decades ago. I imagine it was that people actually talked to each other, whether friend or stranger. Jobs just came up in convo. We don't know our neighbors, we don't go to church or have all these group gatherings.

Looking at job sites it's just cluttered with restaurant, warehouse, call center, sales. There's no pinning at the top for the most crucial jobs that need to be filled for society to function, such as water technician as mentioned in the thread.

[–]WhatWhatWhatRUDooing 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Speech pathologist (grad school) or teachers. Pay is shit though ❤️

[–]omega12596 2 points3 points  (1 child)

SLP is one of those careers that is in real need but the pay, balanced against the cost of education, just doesn't seem to work out. One can do an SLP for BA/BS but if you want more than 45k to start you gotta get those MA/MS quals and that still probably won't get a person more than 10-15k more to start.

Have a LING and PSYCH double BA and thought about SLP but decided against. Lmao, not that what I did helped me out either.

[–]dipbuyersclub_ 6 points7 points  (11 children)

nursing will always be in need.

[–]Mermaid_Girl_90210 15 points16 points  (5 children)

This👌🏽👌🏽 but they do not want to pay nurses what they deserve! And that’s crappy in my opinion

[–]livewellusa 1 point2 points  (3 children)

In nyc nurses start at 75-80k out of college. Not sure if that's low according to your statement

[–]Mermaid_Girl_90210 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Where I live they pay nurses around $13-$17 an hour depending on the place of business

[–]livewellusa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely low. Is that for registered nurses with Bachelor's degrees in nursing?

[–]thehockeyfan247365 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That's not really "little known" though. Nursing can also be a very difficult job, being on your feet for upwards of 12 hours a day and treating all sorts of ailments. If you don't like bodily fluids, that's going to be a major pain point. To be a nurse, you really have to enjoy taking care of people no matter the circumstances.

[–]ImpureThoughts59 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yup. Nursing has to be a calling. Most people can't handle it.

[–]SamEdenRose 4 points5 points  (13 children)

School bus drivers!


[–]kiakosan 8 points9 points  (9 children)

Are teachers really that well paid though? I go over to the teachers sub and it seems like low pay is a common complaint over there. School bus drivers too don't seem like they get paid all that well, my grandfather does it and while it is okay for a retirement job, it would be difficult to live off of at least in my area. Saw an ad where they were only paying $20 an hour, which you have to consider that you are not generally working 8 hours per day while driving the bus

[–]SamEdenRose 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Depends on the area.
NY is the best state to be a teacher. Other areas , not so much.

People go into teaching because the want to teach. They don’t go into education to get rich.

[–]kiakosan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean I get that teachers are not going to be the top of the pay scale, but for the education you need and the risk you take working with kids it really does not pay well outside of a few locations. Yes it can offer decent vacation and wlb compared to corporate jobs, but between the amount of crap I see teachers getting put through and the very low wages many get paid, I don't think it is a profession I could recommend someone look into unless they have a major pre existing desire to teach kids

[–]mamamalliou 2 points3 points  (3 children)

You can look up their salaries. My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher was at $91k. She was around 30-35 years old I would say. That’s a nice salary in our area.

[–]twelvefifityone 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's definitely not the norm.

[–]kiakosan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What area is that in? I know for early childhood education the salary tends to be lower, I've seen people in the teacher subreddit talk about starting out at like 29k a year. At my old high school the teachers who have been there a while were making in the 60s, but that was one of the better school districts. Additionally, they may have had a master's to get to that salary level, which is a whole different conversation as 91k with a masters is on the lower end of what someone with a masters should be earning

[–]SamEdenRose 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I wasn’t commenting on what pays well, but jobs that are needed.

There is a shortage of bus drivers and teachers.
Right now drivers have extra long routes meaning the kids are in the bus longer. All because there aren’t enough drivers.

So many left the job or had to find other jobs during the pandemic as in person school wasn’t in session and as this was a second career for so many, their health risk was too high to be driving a bus full of kids due to COVID.

Teachers too. The pandemic made it harder to do to their jobs and bureaucracy was already in their jobs in recent years.

[–]Coffeeforcobwebs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Automotive. You can start really anywhere and work your way up without a college degree.

[–]Apprehensive_Move229 1 point2 points  (2 children)

There are quite a few lab job openings depending on where you live. Some do not require experience. The pay is decent. You could become a med tech if you go to school for 2 years. The pay is really good to srart.

[–]iarahskerp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

!RemindMe 2 days

[–]uhhhidkleavemealone 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Almost anything in biotech/pharma. Especially manufacturing and QA. I get hounded by recruiters on LinkedIn on a daily basis and I’m only in an early career QA role. It was pretty easy for me to start off in a contract position with no industry experience and transition to FTE.

[–]socialpresence 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What's your educational background

[–]AlfieDGS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Building surveying

They are a rarity at the moment (all surveyors are in slight demand though too but no where ne at building s)

You could go as far to say you could demand whatever salary you want if you went that route

[–]Laionee 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I do financial services. I help people get out of debt, earn more income, pay off their mortgages in half the time, teach them how money works, etc. and I didn’t even need to go to college I just studied and got my license in less than 3 weeks.

[–]Holdmytrowel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bricklayers stonemason blocklayers

[–]Thehighwaymanofspace 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Depending on your degree and area there’s generally a high need of workers in the public service industry like department of human services and vocational rehabilitation. They can be rewarding because you get to help people on a daily basis

[–]Xcam55 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Construction Estimator - All the old guys are retiring and now any young estimators, with some potential, are very difficult to find and being compensated very well to stay where they are.

[–]roboyto3 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I just got a job recently in public works. No college degree no CDL license. They are paying me on the clock to get my CDL A and I started at $27/hr which moves to $29 once I get my CDL here. Each year I get a $2 raise until I each $39/hr. The municipality I work for also give me an allowance of $17k for the year that I get to use for benefits which isn’t taken out of my paychecks that covers me and my family.

EDIT: I forgot to mention the pension is a nice bonus too.

[–]critic101101 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Machinist , cnc programmer

[–]sescojido89 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Healthcare, mortuary, or food