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originally posted by: dreamingawake
Any of what you mentioned seems promising in it's own ways. Mentioning Alaska, while no expert on the subject of work there, but know a bit about it from in-laws and friends. Fishing maybe? You don't have to work on the boats if that would be an issue but possibly processing instead. I know some who work half the year or so, rent there and return to their normal residence. Best of luck.
originally posted by: Macenroe82
I work in the mining industry - very similar to the oil field. There is stupid amounts of money to be made here.... and when i say stupid, i mean it. You will have anything and everything you want. The trade off is being away from your loved ones.
Luckily i moved up high enough that im only away from my bed for 3 nights. Then home the rest of the week with the wife and kids. The average worker in the oil industry works 28 days on 14 days off. Thats a month away from your family. Unless you get very lucky and dont live far from the work site. I live an hour and 15 minutes away from my mine site. So still close enough to go home at a moments notice.
Fire fighting is a very rewarding job. I was a volunteer fire fighter for 3 years. The only reason im not any more is because i bought a new house in the city, an hour away from my old township. But you are right, the pay scale isnt the greatest. But still liveable - in Ontario, Canada any ways.
originally posted by: Darkblade71
a reply to: GoShredAK
The Oil Field industry.
If you have an in for a job in that field, that is the way you should go.
Just a few years to see if you do or don't want to, otherwise you will never know, and the money that can be made working on something like the north slope is crazy.
In just a few years you might be able to retire,
and if you don't like it, at least you got a good paycheck while seeing if it is or is not your thing.