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Old 07-19-2018, 11:30 PM   #1
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Background is Emergency Services, EMS education, critical care and executive leadership. Done with 24 hr shifts and direct patient care.

My quandary is, Emergency Management or Industrial Safety route. Iíll need 2-3 semesters to finish a degree in either. I have a lot more knowledge currently in Emergency Mgmt with a bunch of FEMA certs, etc.

Advice on either field?
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:36 PM   #2
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Just curious, but is a degree necessary? Sound like you have more than enough experience for either position.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:22 AM   #3
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:13 AM   #4
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Just curious, but is a degree necessary? Sound like you have more than enough experience for either position.
You would think...unfortunately, most jobs that pay a decent wage require a degree in a related field plus the experience.
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:49 AM   #5
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Background is Emergency Services, EMS education, critical care and executive leadership. Done with 24 hr shifts and direct patient care.



My quandary is, Emergency Management or Industrial Safety route. Iíll need 2-3 semesters to finish a degree in either. I have a lot more knowledge currently in Emergency Mgmt with a bunch of FEMA certs, etc.



Advice on either field?


What kind of money do you want to make?


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Old 07-20-2018, 03:40 AM   #6
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Well...thatís why Iím asking. Which field is most lucrative to go into?
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:43 AM   #7
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I know that the safety side pays well, anything from oil and gas to hospitals
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:15 AM   #8
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guy i know works safety for complete energy services. hes been there for a while and just recently got moved to safety.. he travels ALOT and is in charge of 10 rigs i think.. but dude has a ridiculous salary (120k+).. not to mention the latest and greatest f250 every year for a "work" truck provided, with fuel card..

i'd leave my job RIGHT NOW if they would hire me.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:38 AM   #9
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Background is Emergency Services, EMS education, critical care and executive leadership. Done with 24 hr shifts and direct patient care.

My quandary is, Emergency Management or Industrial Safety route. Iíll need 2-3 semesters to finish a degree in either. I have a lot more knowledge currently in Emergency Mgmt with a bunch of FEMA certs, etc.

Advice on either field?
As a fellow first responder I would say it would be easier to transition to the OEM route but I think your pay would be better in the Industrial Safety arena. My cousin worked offshore for the rigs as a medic and made double what he was making riding a bus. I would imagine the management side of that industry would be no different.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:55 AM   #10
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Well...thatís why Iím asking. Which field is most lucrative to go into?
Money wonít buy happiness brother.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:00 AM   #11
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But it will help
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:01 AM   #12
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Have you thought about renting yourself out for imaging center contrast coverage?
I know ara pays emt
And I know several centers I've worked at before usually pay 50$ per pt to just sit there while we inject... considering I usually do 6-10 injections a day that adds up quick
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:44 AM   #13
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Money wonít buy happiness brother.
But it buys a jetski. You ever seen anybody frown on a jetski?

Good luck to you OP
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:47 AM   #14
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That's just something people with no money say.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:54 AM   #15
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I work with industrial safety folks almost daily, pay is really good with O&G and Mining companies that I work with and they're home every night. I would do industrial safety or ehs
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:56 AM   #16
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That's just something people with no money say.
It's also something that people learn is based in fact, once they have money.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:00 AM   #17
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It's also something that people learn is based in fact, once they have money.
Agree to disagree.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:58 PM   #18
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Use money to get the things you want out of life. Money brings opportunities. Decide what you want out of life, then figure out what kind of money you need to make to make it happen. I doubt either route is far from your abilities or capabilities. Choose the one that will bring you more opportunities.

You should always try to advance and get ahead for yourself and family. It's show business. Make money and bring opportunities to yourself and family. Life is about competition, take it!

BLUF: Go for the better paying job, if you like the work.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:08 PM   #19
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That's just something people with no money say.
Old Dairyman told me one time. " I know money cant buy happiness, but it sure can cause a dam lot of misery".... let that soak in
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:37 PM   #20
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To Wyatt Earp: " I never met a rich man who didn't have a guilty conscience"

Wyatt Earp: "I already have a guilty conscience, might as well have the money too".
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:12 PM   #21
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Money wonít buy happiness brother.
Doubt Iíd be happier either with a paid off house, truck, CCs, ranger and student loans.
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:34 PM   #22
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"Another Trauma Junkie," ready for a change! I meant that in the best of intentions as it's something everyone/some have to face...maybe?

If you are going to stay in a "provider" position, whether management or whatever, you know there will be educational and CE requirements as usual. I don't know, I left the LEO & EMS professions simply because I wanted a change and to do something different. But with my personality, I get bored and when I'm done I'm done. I was "fed up" with the various shifts, weekends, holidays and the list goes on an on. One thing I would NOT do IMO...stay out of the hospital environment...you probably could not put up with the politics as least from my and friends experience. In my final times with EMS, I taught at a West TX university with their paramedic program. Loved the teaching and working with the "gung ho" young ones...but I was still working as a Medic in a supervisor role and it just got to be too much...burn out I guess, just not the "rush" anymore.

I too know those who went the safety route, most loved it but some just did not find it challenging for whatever reason. I never even considered it and went into completely different careers that did not utilize my previous experience. BUT, I had the education, both degreed and many follow up course. I believe that my education resume impressed those hiring managers for the follow up careers. At least they realized I could study and learn new things is the point.

I'm no help, but just been there and done that with perhaps the same questions. One thing mentioned....the money may be great but if you don't enjoy it then?????????

Good luck and Blessings....retired and wishing the best to you young ones searching!!
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:49 PM   #23
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Appreciate the words of wisdom and wit! I’m looking into different online degree programs. I have an idea of what I would like to do long term...just need to find the right fit.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:00 AM   #24
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Money wonít buy happiness brother.
I understand where you are coming from but it sure does give you more choices in life. I have known people that left very lucrative careers while looking for happiness or whatever that eventually tried coming back to where they were employed. But to each their own.

Op,
There is money to be made in the industrial safety if you have the credentials, etc.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:31 AM   #25
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It'll buy a ranch and some cold beer, and that's pretty **** close.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:45 AM   #26
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I'm no expert, but I would think the $ would be pretty durn decent in either one. Which one do you think you would enjoy the most.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:51 AM   #27
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I understand where you are coming from but it sure does give you more choices in life. I have known people that left very lucrative careers while looking for happiness or whatever that eventually tried coming back to where they were employed. But to each their own.

Op,
There is money to be made in the industrial safety if you have the credentials, etc.
What type of credentials

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Old 07-21-2018, 04:00 PM   #28
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Appreciate the words of wisdom and wit! Iím looking into different online degree programs. I have an idea of what I would like to do long term...just need to find the right fit.
Just be sure to return phone calls from those who offer assistance.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:23 PM   #29
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Just be sure to return phone calls from those who offer assistance.
Looked hard at the opportunity, belive me! Wasnít the right timing, but a great opportunity none the less. I appreciate the advice and time we spent visiting.
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