I'm basically looking for advice from people older than me who can give me good advice when picking a career. I've seen SOOO many people get laid off recently and bitch non stop about life/economy/money. Lots of people tell me not to make the same mistake they made. They tell me to specialize in something that has great job security and pays well. I'm sure lots of people told THEM at one point the same thing so why did they make the mistakes they weren't supposed to make? Anyway, here is my dilema: I've been in a constant state of panic the last few months. I graduated High School in 2006 and have basically just been floating around my town doing jack shit working go nowhere jobs. It's time to learn a skill, get and education, and land a real career job that pays well that I can actually support a family on. I've been doing career research like crazy and have finally narrowed down my few jobs. These are pretty much the best options I have found that appeal to me the most. The only problem is that I keep weighing the pros and cons of each over and over and over again and I just can't pick one. Hopefully some of you can give me some good advice so I can make a good decision. Here they are: Firefighter/Paramedic Pros- Work outside, save live/help people, different scenery every day, one of the most rewarding careers, excellent benefits. Cons- Pay is good (not great, but good), job can be very dangerous, may take up to 5 years to get a job on a good department, have to deal with puke/guts/feces when dealing with really sick people. Bottom line- You'll never get rich doing this, but you'll have a rewarding career. Pharmacist Pros- Excellent pay ($100k+), great job security, great benefits, you can move across the county and get hired very easily at a new pharmacy and resume your life. Cons- Boring and dull work, very repeatative. Bottom line- You make a lot of money, but you'll be bored with the job by the end of your first week. Airline Pilot Pros- Excellent pay ($100K+ once you get signed on with a major airline), great benefits, exciting and rewarding career, clean work environment, you get to travel a lot. Cons- Job security is poor, takes around 10-15 years to get signed on with a major airline and start making some decent money, LOTS of time spent away from home and family. Bottom line- After spending 15 years of you life you finally start making good money, but then you start a family only to be away from them for half a month. I can't decide what to do. I've talked to firefighters and pilots and i'd like to do both professions. I'd like to be a pharmacist only because the money and easy lifestyle appeals to me. I just can't make a decision. Please give me some good advice. Thanks!