Ever since the recession began in recent years, low-paying jobs have become even more common than they were before. However, it’s important to recognize when you may need to change your job in order to increase your pay and chances for personal growth.                                           Nearly all fast food jobs are low-paying, along with those held by unlicensed assistants or attendants working in hair salons. Sales clerks paid hourly at many department and grocery stores also often receive substandard pay.  Likewise, agricultural/farm workers are not only overworked but usually underpaid. Finally, most clerical workers and many assistant childcare positions often fail to pay a “living wage,” depending upon your personal credentials.                            If you want to move out of debt faster and don’t already have any student loans, you should seriously consider a two-year degree/training program available through either a local community college or a reputable trade school. However, make sure you find out how many of their graduates readily find jobs upon graduating before enrolling.

Types of Professions You Can Enter with These Types of Programs                                   

Good trade schools can help you become an electrician, plumber, carpenter or a heating/air-conditioning repair person.  Keep in mind that while going through one of these programs, you may still need to keep working at least part-time at your current job or apply for a paid training or internship position.

A number of good job fields will open up to you if you obtain a two-year community college degree in areas like nursing, the paralegal profession, the computer science field or the automotive repair sector.                                                                                                               If returning to school appeals to you, consider visiting some of the excellent Internet resources available that can tell you more about the better-paying professions that will help pull you out of debt quicker – in the long run -- than staying in your current job that pays at or near minimum wage.

Useful Internet Resources for Learning More About Better Paying Jobs

  • College Navigator.  This U. S. Department of Education website provides you with a “College Navigator” search device which is part of its “National Center for Education Statistics.” This can help you discover more about the overall quality of a local community college that currently offers different training programs that interest you;
  • Occupational Outlook HandbookThis highly informative U. S. website run by the Department of Labor offers great information about such varied professions as grounds maintenance workers, licensed practical and vocational nurses, paralegals/legal assistants and Website developers. Each job profile tells you what the average pay is for the profession, what the specific job entails and how many new jobs are likely to open up in your chosen field during the next decade;
  • O*NET Online. This is another U. S. Department of Labor website. However, it goes into even further detail about jobs than the one referenced above. For example, the information about Computer User Support Specialists tells you about every skill your employer will expect you to have already mastered before hiring you, the tools you’ll need to be able to use properly, and the median hourly wage for this job in 2013. Likewise, you can also learn how to get ready for a job as a “Helper” working with plumbers, pipefitters and other trade professionals.

Whatever else you do, don’t give up and never assume that you cannot find your way out of debt and move into a better-paying career. One former illegal immigrant from Mexico (who picked fruit and vegetables on California farms in his youth) later obtained citizenship and is now a Harvard Medical School graduate and a brain surgeon at John Hopkins Medical Center.


If you believe that you’re a victim of any abusive debt collection practices, contact the Law Offices of Georgia consumer protection attorney Shane Smith so you can learn more about your rights under federal and state consumer protection statutes. Call (770) 487-8999 today to schedule your free initial consultation.


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