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#3280033 - 07/01/13 06:52 PM What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!!
BuckHunter511
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I am fixing to go to college and want so input from you guys. I love animals and wildlife, I feel that I want an outdoors,animal career, or agricultural that makes decent to good money so I could support a future family very well. Vet medicine would be great ,but I feel I am not going to get into vet school ( I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I still make A's and B's). Wildlife biology sounds so cool but not sure if there is any money in it (plus it's hard to land a job for state DNR). I am open to all suggestions. Thoughts?
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#3280051 - 07/01/13 07:11 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
redblood
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What college are u looking at attending?
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#3280054 - 07/01/13 07:12 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
Diehard Hunter
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It is easier to become a medical doctor than it is to become a vet. UT takes less than 90 students into the vet program each year.

As for wildlife biology, now is as good a time as any to get into the field. There will be a bunch of jobs opening up over the next several years as people retire. The TWRA has a mandatory retirement age of 60, and some job positions can be extended to age 62. Other state are hiring as well. I have a friend that just got on with Florida, straight out of school.

There are a lot of other job opportunities besides TWRA as well. You have the national park service, the us forest service, TVA, private consulting firms (they are hiring all the time), and many other opportunities.

The important thing to remember is to do something you love. No matter how much you make,it is not worth being miserable every day when you go to work. I have been there and done that!

If you are interested in my information on pursuing a wildlife career, send me a PM. We can talk and I can give you all the ins and outs of what it takes to get there. It is what I do every day.
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#3280055 - 07/01/13 07:13 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: Diehard Hunter]
buckaroo
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#3280057 - 07/01/13 07:16 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: buckaroo]
BuckHunter511
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Any decent money in that field?
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#3280064 - 07/01/13 07:23 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
beachguy
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Go in the medical field
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#3280065 - 07/01/13 07:23 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
BuckHunter511
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I am attending UT Knoxville or Tn Tech if I am not accepted into UTK. PM sent
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#3280066 - 07/01/13 07:24 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
BuckHunter511
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The medical field doesn't interest me one bit. My dad is an eye doctor and I just have no interest in it.
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#3280075 - 07/01/13 07:35 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
TX300mag
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My career in the fire service has been far better than I ever expected. Pay is good enough, benefits are great, job security excellent, and the schedule is the BEST for someone who loves hunting and fishing. With the schedule I work, I would get 60 four-day weekends if I never took off work. \:\)
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#3280082 - 07/01/13 07:42 PM Re: What should I do as a career? I need your help!!!! [Re: BuckHunter511]
Buzzard Breath
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My wife has a degree from UT in animal science. She has an upper level position with the local farmers Coop. The pay is good, vacation is good, as is the benefits. She gets to work with the local farmers recommending product and solving problems. What I like best is that she gets her farm and we don't actually have to do any work.

At the same time, if I was you, I'd get a hold of Diehard. He's passionate about what he does and wouldn't steer you in the wrong direction.

Good luck with your decisions.

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