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I'm halfway through my TIG welding certification, I'll be certified in February.

I'm starting to get discouraged....I'm pretty good, but not amazing. I can weld better than the majority of my class, but there's one or two guys in my class that are really good.

One of the guys in my class has been a non-certified welder for ten years, he's only making 20$ an hour. He's taking the TIG welding course to increase his pay.

My girlfriend works at a day spa doing facials and bikini waxes, she makes 11$ an hour plus tips. She makes great tips, she usually comes home with 70-150$ an hour making her wage about 25$ an hour some days.

She didn't have to go to school or anything, and she's making better money than I would probably be making as a certified welder.

Should I just drop TIG welding all together and work at a job that includes tips? The guy in my class who is a welder says a lot of companies require overtime, so they're working upwards of 60-80 hours a week.

I'm starting to feel really shitty about my career choice. I don't know what to do. It's hard to dedicate myself to this when I'm unsure about it.
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>go to uni
>no job
>do trades
>no job

WHY IS EXISTENCE PAIN
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>>16591315
I don't know man, maybe this existence is another world's hell.
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I'm just feeling so lost. Welding feels like something I have to LOVE to succeed at.

:/ I just want to earn a living, I hate competing with everybody. The only reason I'm doing welding is because I need a job. I don't want to dedicate years of my life to something I don't care about just so I can make 11-15$ an hour.
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bump

make me feel better /adv/
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>>16591315
Because all of life is competition, and you are lazy or uninterested.
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>>16591308
Welding is a fucking meme. The >HURR DURR $100000000000000000000/YR is just overtime on oil work, and that's dwindling with lowering oil and gas prices.

Go for some two year medical stuff. Nursing, x-ray technician, diagnostic medical sonographer, physical therapy assistant, etc.

Easily make $50k-$60k/yr
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>>16591386
I've come to realize that you're right. Every welder I know was always telling me how awesome it is and how the pay is great, then they complain that they're working 60 hours a week for 20$ an hour. Sounds like slave labor.

x-ray tech sounds cool though. I'm going to look more into that, thank you.
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>>16591386
Ah shit didn't see that that's a two year program, I don't really have that kind of time to wait for a job. I need a job immediately. I'm working almost zero hours a week (part time at a music shop when they need me, I get around five hours a week.)

I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I can't move. I'm 22 and stuck living at home, my girlfriend says she wants to wait till she finished school to move out and get our own place, so that's good I guess.

Still...I just need a job that pays around 11-15$ an hour for 20-30 hours a week.
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>>16591386
Not necessarily. To anyone considering this, make sure to do some real research before picking your field. Nursing is a good profession to get into right now, but the market is absolutely flooded with x-ray techs in many areas right now and it can be very hard to find a job. Ditto for sonographers.

These used to be fantastic fields to get into but the problem is that thousands of other people realized that at approximately the same time. Many of them are now unemployed. I'm not saying don't do it, but be careful.
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>>16591405
>I don't really have that kind of time to wait for a job

Phlebotomist. All you do is draw blood from patients for lab work. Pay is generally $13/hr with a 2-3 dollar difference.

The program is typically 3-6 weeks, I believe.
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you can get a CDL pretty quick at any community college

trucking companies are always hiring
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>>16591340
That's where I'm at. I just got out of school, and I'm making $15/hour as a railcar repairman. I like my job because it's easy, mindless work without too much overtime. I'd make more money as a hospital worker or any other white-collar profession, but I actually prefer this job because of how unsocial it is. Nurses have to be people-persons, and that's very draining if you have to fake it, I imagine.
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>>16591416
Sounds interesting, I'll check it out. Thank you.

>>16591425
I'm trying to start a family and get my own place with my gf, trucking isn't an option.

>>16591448

I like interacting with people. I just don't want a job that requires me to do ridiculous overtime for a meager wage. I wouldn't want to do more than 40 a week unless I was making like 25 an hour. I've done work like that before. it crushed my soul, man.

any more suggestions for jobs that pay 15-20$ an hour and don't crush your soul?


I feel so shitty. I wasted almost 3k on my welding training, and my parents paid for most of it. I'm going to feel horrible if I decide I don't want to do welding, but at the moment I just can't get into it. I can TIG weld pretty well but I have no interest in devoting myself to it which is required to learn about the different materials and tools involved.

I like making music, I made glass pipes with a glassblower friend of mine, and I like having sex. But none of those are good career options, and my gf wouldn't be happy with me doing porn, even though I'd be great at it.
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Lot of kindred spirits here apparently. Decided against college after my friend from engineering school spent a year jobless post-graduation. Now he has an unrelated job. Enrolled union. Just got out of 11 weeks of training to do electrical construction.

Just got off my first day, and I question everything in my life more than ever. The work and people aren't so bad, but the start of my non-work day is when I get home at 6:30. I mean hell, can people live like this?

Cherry on top, I got a ticket on my way home for falling asleep exhausted. Other car apparently swerved out of the way when I just strait ran a red going 40. $45/hr after 5 years worth this shit?
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>>16591542

I feel you, man. There's gotta be a better way. I feel like the best job in the world right now is those guys who stream themselves playing video games....

I think this just shows that with the lack of GOOD well paying jobs, people don't want to work anymore. Get robots to do it and give us a basic income.
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>>16591308
Learn underwater welding. There's a huge demand, it's hazard pay every time you go to work. My cousin did that for years, and made bank, and traveled all over the world. As long as there's an oil industry, you'll work - and they'll pay you top dollar.
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>>16591844
I've researched that, it sounds great but my gf and I are serious and plan on getting married when we each save enough money.

I do feel better, though. A lot better. I was just getting anxious looking at all the negative shit on the internet, but realized I haven't even given welding a real chance. I'm not employed yet, I haven't actually done any welding "work." Just training.

I'm going to try a company or two or three before I decide if it's right for me or not.

Thank you all for the advice, though.
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>>16592168
seems like the sensible thing to do OP.

>>16591844
Hmm....I'm going to look into Underwater welding. I would love to travel the world and make good money. No wife or girlfriend to hold me back. Where can I find good enough on starting this career? Anyone know?
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>>16592408
>good enough
I meant "good info"
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>>16592408
>>16592411
Holy shit I live 30-40 mins from the best school in the country D.I.T. and I'm a good swimmer but I can't weld shit...but they teach you!

4chan may have just changed my life.....for the better.....WTF
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>>16591308
Couple points. Your girlfriend has already hit the ceiling at her job, there's no more money.
The other welding guy has ten years of experience on you. When he had only the time you've put into it, he could've been dogshit at it.
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