If a guy has done well in math and science in school, or has the aptitude for it, I always encourage them to look into engineering then working for a PRIVATE company as one of the best opportunities for career and income growth. It usually only takes a four year degree (B.S.), so you won't have the years of post graduate work like a doctor does. There is a high rate of employment, good starting salaries, and if you are with a good company opportunities to move into management.
Another BIG piece of advice, the money you save towards retirement in your first 15 years working (20-35 years old) if invested well will go much much further than all the money saved in your next 30 years of working (35-65 years old). That is due to compounded interest. It's better to sacrifice a bit on the front end and enjoy the rewards on the back end.
Cowboy Action Shooter; Endowment Life Member-NRA
The Original Rocket Scientist-Retired
"My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."
As far as anybody saying you're crazy for making hunting a priority in your life, what do they think that your priority should be?
Colorado Cowboy, I'm right up the road from where you used to work, I deal with your former companies on a regular basis.
Ah, the nostalgic aroma of a yak dung stove brewing up some tea full of herbs best left untranslated.
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I'm a Stewardship Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Forestry has been good to me over the last 24 years and I've seen and found a lot of neat things over the years. Being very involved in wildland fire managment has made it tough to archery hunt during the month of September. That is the only negative.
Vice President - Investments. I have a MBA and a B.S in Enginnering Technology. Was a business development executive prior to entering the financial world in 2007. Some good advice above, getting a technical or engineering degree is a great path forward. I actually got an A.S in Instrumentation Technology before moving on to getting my B.S., then M.B.A. My previous company paid for most of my B.S. and for half of my M.B.A. Get your credentials and work hard, harder than the next guy, bring it everyday and you will do well. The B.S. or B.A. will open the door, hard work and being smart while working hard will take you up the ladder. Working harder than most also works well for me while hunting too !!! Good luck.