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I hate my job, I'm bored and we are slow- I'm expecting to be laid off any day now- so I figured I should at least plan ahead and figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I have 2 associates, no Bachelors. One is in Criminal justice- but that field is not an option I want anymore.

I do well with computers, but not sure about Information Technology- I'm not the programmer type.

I'm good with math/science and a very hands on learner. I want to work with people, help them in some way.

I'm sure I'll need to go back to school, I can do that- 2 or 4 years- not interested in Law school or med school.

I need some brainstorming ideas. Thinking about Radiology or Respitory therapy- or some medical field NOT nursing or pharmacy tech. (no blood and techs don't make much).

help.....:(

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Going back to school is never a bad idea if you can afford it. Most of the places I've seen that are hiring seem to be looking for IT people. So if you are good with computers that might be an idea.

The reason I really am not too big on the computers, is that I absolutely hate working in an office- I only do this now b/c I make decent money-

But I hate it, really- I do.

Forest Ranger?

What would be your dream job? What jobs are in fast growing fields that interest you? Try to do something you love if you can it makes work easier.

Wild life management has crossed my mind. I love the outdoors, mtns and animals. Forest Ranger specifically is law enforcement, and I worked with a few in the past- so not that, but maybe something else working in the forest..

This sucks, I really feel at a loss.

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A friend of mine is an Xray tech and does very well. He picks up lots of weekend and holiday stuff and pulls 6 figs easily.

Is he a radiology doctor or tech?? the Salary range for the techs that I have seen is $40k-$60k...

World always needs more good teachers. How are you with kids?

I hate kids...:silly:

How hard is it to teach at a college level? I trained in the military, as a cop and before I was in management with my current company. So I do have teaching skills/background- but I can't stand kids or teenagers (at least not enough to spend all day with them)

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The reason I really am not too big on the computers, is that I absolutely hate working in an office- I only do this now b/c I make decent money-

But I hate it, really- I do.

That's understandable. What other types of things are you interested in? I think its easier to enjoy work when its something you like doing.

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I hate kids...:silly:

How hard is it to teach at a college level? I trained in the military, as a cop and before I was in management with my current company. So I do have teaching skills/background- but I can't stand kids or teenagers (at least not enough to spend all day with them)

College level teaching jobs are very, very hard to get. You compete with the PhD guys there.

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Is he a radiology doctor or tech?? the Salary range for the techs that I have seen is $40k-$60k...

Xray tech. With a bunch of certifications. Maybe for MRIs as well?

yeah my sister is trying to go back to school to get into this field...

apprently it does pay pretty well for a being a tech and also you can move up and become more specialized like MRIs and stuff...

in NOVA, my sister is finding out that it is actually competitive to get into these programs but in other areas it might be easier to get started.

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With your background insurance investigator might be a fit,many law firms also have similar positions.(but involve travel)

Forestry service/Land management sounds good,but probably hard to get into.

Looking more into the wildlife stuff- I'd have to get my biology degree to make any decent money there- which isn't out of the question, just going to take a good 2-3 years at least of full time school.

With your background - you should look into criminal forensics. That is, unless you really want 7 degrees of seperation from the previous jobs...

I thought about that too, I have a cousin who does that work and she was never a cop- just got her BS in Forensics and now works in a lab.

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I do well with computers, but not sure about Information Technology- I'm not the programmer type.

IT a very broad field skills-wise and you could easily find a position that doesn't require any programming (in the traditional sense) whatsoever. The branch of IT that includes helpdesk, desktop/network/server technician, and network administration/engineering work would probably be the direction you'd want to go in. Particularly if you can avoid being stuck on helpdesk duty, it can be more of an active job than your typical desk job.

Picking up some certifications would be the logical first step if you choose to go that route. Although, if you're looking to avoid offices the best you could hope for is a job that moves you between various branch/client offices.

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A friend of mine is an Xray tech and does very well. He picks up lots of weekend and holiday stuff and pulls 6 figs easily.
Is he a radiology doctor or tech?? the Salary range for the techs that I have seen is $40k-$60k...
Is he a radiology doctor or tech?? the Salary range for the techs that I have seen is $40k-$60k...

Xray tech. With a bunch of certifications. Maybe for MRIs as well?

What's the difference between an X-ray Tech, and a Radiology Tech ?

Or is there ?

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What's the difference between an X-ray Tech, and a Radiology Tech ?

Or is there ?

I think its pretty much the same thing, but there are some specialties such as MRI's/cat scans.

There is also a Radiology Doctor- but that means med school.

Physical Therapy would be an interesting one too...or occupational therapy. Anyone know much about those?

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I think its pretty muc hte same thing, but there are some specialties such as MRI's/cat scans.

There is also a Radiology Doctor- but that means med school.

Physical Therapy would be an interseting one too...or ocsupational therapy. Anyone know much about those?

From what i heard from my sister...

apprently in that field there is two pathways... one is the x-ray and the other is the sonogram... I think my sister was told to go in the x-ray side of things cause it can lead to more specialized certificates down the road such as the MRIs and at that point you can make the 6 figs due to shortage of workers...

the person that my sister met actually lives in Texas but flies to NOVA area every other week to work as a MRI specialist.

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what about Occupational therapy? I have most of the pre-req's out of the way- so with about 3-4 classes, I could get into the program (2 yrs) that gives me a BS in OT.. can always go on for a Masters. It fits everything I'm looking for in a career, and I would love to be able to help people in that way. The pay is good, and I would only need about 2 1/2 yrs more school to start.

Anyone have info on this field?

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