Funny thing is You can easily make $30-$40 bucks per hour as an electrician. I have a buddy who makes $50 as a construction worker. Sure those jobs aren't white collar, but they aren't bad. With the market being saturated every year with new college graduates, the prospects for jobs with these degrees is getting smaller. Plus you have higly competitive foreigners all competing for same jobs.
Nobody really wants to do the "dirty" work, but everybody dreams that after college they will get a big office on the top floor and some high value job in a company. Sadly it isn't quite like that.
The blue collar jobs can make good money too. But in the end wearing a tie and a suit is just looks and feels better don't it?
I don't know if I could be a desk jokey though.
I want to be a photojournalist, but well I sure as hell don't want to scavenge for food for my family or live from paycheck to paycheck.
I recently talked to a guy who was working as a photojournalist. He makes about 27k a year before taxes. Add to that paying off college tuition loans, and you live paycheck to paycheck in NYC.
I thought about enlisting in US Marines as a photojournalist. How awesome would that be? You get to travel the world( well maybe just ME) you are at the frontlines to document what's happening there.
You get paid for it, job is secure for 6 years.
Only disadvantage is that they own your photos. But still I would do it. Unfortunately they asked me to give up my Polish citizenship. I didn't have the option of having dual citizenship. Security clearance and all that. :[