Say that I didn't give a shit about working conditions, the number of hours or days worked in the week, the isolation or danger of the location and all I wanted was a high-paying job that didn't require any qualifications, what would my options be?
I'm thinking of oil/mining/fishing shit but maybe there's others I don't know about. Just curious how one would go about getting a job like this.
Roughnecks in the oil industry can make $100k in domestic oilfields, and even more if you're willing to work in northern Canada or the Middle East.
Don't know anything about what commercial fishermen make. Do know it's statistically the most dangerous job you can have, with the highest per capita fatality rate of any occupation.
Mining pays less than oilfield work. Somewhat less dangerous. Similar to heavy highway construction. Typical earnings for heavy highway work are $50k to $80k for about 9 months of actual work.
True. That's really the downside to all these jobs. They are all seasonal and subject to massive layoffs during poor economic conditions. Any job that produces commodities is more volatile than other sectors, because they are entirely based on being a low cost producer.
Up until last year oil and gas was the place where 18 year old kids who were willing to work could make 100k being rig hands.
Trucking is an OK option. Pay is meh, but you have no living expenses or free time so all of it gets banked. Some companies will play for your CDL-A, but you have to be 21.
Mining, logging, fishing, ect. won't look at a young kid who has only worked retail or food service. You need to have some experience doing a shitty dangerous, physically demanding job outdoors first. Do a year of construction or landscaping and try for one of those jobs.
Competition is sky high in the escort business, though. If you don't have the prettiest face and the best salesmanship (yes, you're selling a product: YOURSELF) you aren't getting anywhere. Get on a crab boat or go cut lumber instead.
Ever thought of private security? Mercenary type jobs in war zones. The good agencies recruit skilled people with military training, the bad ones take anyone willing to carry a gun and look though. The worst the agency is, the higher the the chances of getting killed or becoming a war criminal, but if you don't care...
>Mining, logging, fishing, ect. won't look at a young kid who has only worked retail or food service. You need to have some experience doing a shitty dangerous, physically demanding job outdoors first. Do a year of construction or landscaping and try for one of those jobs.
Or lie and say you grew up on a farm.
If you're going to get into trucking, don't do it permanent or long term.
This might sound silly, but it's true. If you do trucking LONG TERM, you risk body problems later in life. Way later (sometimes sooner). Just think about it... your body bouncing around the road for decades? It's not natural to your human body. Remember a lot of things we do are modern and not natural to our body physically.
Just a thought
PS, I worked in the transportation business. Stick to driving a cab if you live in a large city. Use a company that uses Priuses (if it's an option)
PROTIP: Whatever doesn't need a degree still needs certs.
Also, most likely careers that dont require a degree still prefer a degree.
For example: Firefighting.
No degree is needed. However, many job applicants still get degrees in fire technologies or fire prevention because it gives them a leg-up than the rest.
So if you want that job becuase you dont want to get a degree for it go ahead. Chances are youre going to lose it to someone who put down that theyre currently majoring in some related field.
i'll pretend you mean 'an education' instead of 'qualifications.' in that case, join the navy as a nuke. it's like a 6 year contract or some shit with pretty rigorous training, then you can go into the civilian world as a nuclear reactor operator and make $80k/yr+ to sit on your ass all day.
I roughnecked for a year. I made about $6600 a month after taxes if I worked that month. That's working 98 hour weeks. That's 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. My longest hitch was 19 weeks straight.
There's a reason for the high turnover. It takes a certain kind of person to do that shit. I'm not that kind of person. I made enough to pay off student loans, a car, and some medical bills, then left for something easier and lower paying.
You can't do it for long though. I know guys who have done it for ten years and they're universally fat, leather-skinned, half-crippled alcoholics.