JohannDeMann wrote:If you don't think of or know a better way to make six figures than law school, you are most likely dumb, unoriginal, and no fun to be around. Fuck this law business.
I would love to hear all the ways a 26 yo can make that
I doubt any of them make six figures at age 26 but Software Developer is one job people in my home town of Seattle usually go for because the hours are usually great and the work environment can be a ton of fun or at least not terrible depending on where you work. Also it seems like the job market hasn't been over saturated yet. The average pay for Software Developer II is around 82,000 but for someone three years out of college it's probably closer to 70,000.http://www1.salary.com/WA/Seattle/Softw ... alary.html
My father is a senior computer systems analyst and they also make good money though usually not quite as good as software developers. He didn't want to go too far up in management because he still wanted to work on projects rather than just manage. When I looked up the pay he could have been eventually making in management it was mid $200,000's. Instead he's makes more like starting BigLaw salary of 160K and hit his salary cap years ago though he has increased bonus potential. But I think his job is much less stressful than someone working BigLaw.
If anyone wants to make good money but thinks law isn't for them then software developer or computer systems analyst - which is advanced IT - are both good paths to making good money and not hating work. I hear that engineering is also a good path to earning good money not long out of undergrad. I'm certain there are other good paying jobs but I don't know what they are other than business. Don't know much about business school.
I don't feel that law is a bad choice for everyone. I've met lawyers who really love or like their jobs. But there is definitely a big risk involved with paying so much money to go to school for something you may or may not end up enjoying. That's why not paying anything or paying very little is usually the best choice.
If you get into a PhD program in an area of science they will usually pay you to go to grad school, albeit not very well. You still could end up wasting a few years of your life towards something you end up hating while being some professors bitch but at least you aren't paying a ton of money to do it. Job market sucks for anyone wanting to become a research professor but there are other good jobs available in certain PhD fields but not all.
I hear that Doctor is a job that pays well but you have to go through complete hell during medical school and take out large debts. But I hear that job prospects are generally really good for people just out of med school. But most doctors have very stressful jobs except for in a few areas of medicine. Just like law you are going to be taking out huge loans to do something that you may realize that you hate. It's definitely a big risk.