I'm slowly making the rounds to catch up on missed posts and to thank each person who dropped by during the Challenge (because I'm very grateful). Yep, I'm a bit tired, but nicely so. (The dust bunnies under the bed will live another day. Hmm, should I charge them rent?)
However, I'd like to share that while my husband and I were in South Louisiana we saw numerous 'Now Hiring' signs in the corridor between Lafayette and just outside Avery Island (home of Tabasco sauce). Companies that service the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico fill these buildings. They need workers with skill sets (computers, etc.) and desire (gotta wanna do hard work).
Entry level pay is around $75,000 (with full benefits) and climbs dramatically, depending on skill sets. Petroleum engineer friends who work in the area say many of these jobs go begging and companies are desperate. While the higher the education the higher the pay, many, many jobs are muscle jobs with pay that can't be beaten elsewhere.
In many respects, it's a young person's game, but a career ladder definitely exists. If I were a young guy who needed some loot fast to get on with my life's goals, I'd work the rigs for a summer. If I were a college grad with an ouchie student loan, I'd suck it in and work the rigs for a year. Opportunities to pull ahead are amazing!
If you know people who'd like to take advantage of these opportunities, please ask them to Google jobs in Lafayette, Louisiana. I'm not going to kid you, oil rig work is demanding work, both mentally and physically. However, my first cousin, always on the lazy side, survived a summer as a flip-a-burger cook, saved his pay, and moved on quite nicely. So, I thought I'd share this job info. If it helps one person, then this post is well worth it.