You can always work with horses someplace, but seldom make a decent living at it. There is an ad on the Youngstown, OH, Craigslist for LPNs (licensed practical nurse) $28/hour and RN $35 per hour. At standard 2000 hours per year and those pay rates, $56k annually LPN and $70k annually RN. LPN training is 1 year and it costs $4500 to $12000 on average, depending on what state. LPN pay rates range $25 to $30 per hour. That might even be a total cost including books and supplies and uniforms.
If college tuition costs $22,000 per year and you go four years, that's $88,000 plus 4 years of books and living expenses for a BS/BA degree. If you are going to pay that, and even more importantly, if you are going to borrow that, make sure it will get you job that will recoup that cost and get you a nice standard of living. The state unemployment service in your area has a lits of high-demand occupations and what they pay. It should be published online. But may not be. Different states updated their list of training providers at different times of the years. The demand occupations are typically what the state had approved people to retrain for, so it you sift through the training providers list you can see what they see is marketable.
Respiratory therapy is another one that pays $35k to $40k annually and you only need an associate degree to get that.
All health careers require background checks, no felonies, good moral character, and pass the state licensing exam. Additionally, no visible tattoos or piercings. If you have them, they must be covered / removed. Don't decrease your earnings potential by getting tatts & piercings! Waste of money and it will go out of style and you'll be stuck with it.
Last edited by Tack Collector; 01-20-2010 at 04:16 PM.