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Old 09-18-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: North Florida
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I recently graduated high school, but have had a hard time pinpointing what it is I want to pursue a career at. I've narrowed it down to two options.

First off, I know they are about as opposite as you can get. Anyway, the first one is Aircraft Mechanic. I have always been fascinated with aircraft. Never really wanted to fly, just amazed at the technology. Plus I love to work with my hands. This is my top choice. But, from talking to a few people in the industry, and reading up on message boards, it seems the aviation industry is still pretty unstable (like many other industries in this economy). That is the one thing that is making me second guess myself on it. The local college has accepted me, and the A&P program is about 10 months long, and it includes paid internships while in school, and job placement help upon graduation (I live in the West Palm Beach, FL area, by the way). But is this industry too big of a risk? Some have told me layoffs are imminent, others tell me with an A&P license I'd be at least somewhat more secure. I'm not in it for money. But I also don't want to waste time and money for a risky career choice.

Ok, the second one is Radiography (X-Ray Technician). This program is about 3 years in length, for an Associate's degree. There are no internship programs for this one, but the school does boast a 100% job placement rate for new grads. I've seen this career near or at the top of many of those "highest-demand" and "fastest-growing career" lists. I'm big on fitness and health, so I enjoy the field. And I'm, again, fascinated with the technology. I've broken a lot of bones, and my favorite part of that was always the x-rays. I've also had and sat in on CT scans and MRIs. It's just appealing to me, and it seems to be more stable. But it's a more expensive and time-consuming program, that doesn't allow me much time for work outside school (full-time, M-F program).

I guess what I want advice about is if anyone out there in city-data land have personal experience or know people who have with either field, what is my best bet? I keep getting the whole "go for what you want; follow your heart" answers, but I'm trying to be practical. Any other suggestions, as far as related careers, I'm also open to.

Thanks in advance!
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