what should my new job be?

Today was one of those days that make you question why you’re doing what you’re doing. Unfortunately, a good chunk of today’s wrongness was my fault, but by no means all of it.

I’m a science teacher in my 7th year of teaching. I have a bachelors in Chemistry, and a Masters in Physical Oceanography. I’m good at science, but better at explaining it. I don’t know how much longer I can stay as a science teacher; not through certification or anything. I think I’ve simply lost the desire to stay as a teacher. I’m not certified for administration, and I can’t get my cert for a minimum of 4 years. (At the start of the year, I was thinking that I would continue as a teacher until I could get my admin cert and move right along, but I don’t know if I can last that long.) I need change.

What should my new job be? How good does pimpin’ pay? I doubt I’d be able to muster a good bitch slap on my hos, so I doubt I’d be effective, anyway.

I don’t know how much pimping pays but it will take you a while to build up an acceptable group of hos and then you have to provide them with insurance, etc. You might want to look into possibly working for a museum or other educational facility instead.

Do you have a family to support?

Wow, that’s a lot of wrongness to make you want to change fields after 7 years from something that happened in a day.

You don’t have to tell us what it is, but it might be more helpful to look at that than to help you find escape routes.

But just in case, hot air-ballooning could be fun. You could do tours.

How about staying in teaching, but moving to somewhere like a community college? I would never teach high school again, but I do usually enjoy teaching/tutoring adults.

Yeah, or look into informal education. I’ve worked in science museums and zoos and stuff for years, usually with lots of other teachers who have escaped the classroom. It’s fun!

Would it ruin the fun if I said this was half serious and half venting and half a pity party for my sucky day? (It was a long day, hence the three halves.) I’ve just come back from a solid hour of http://notalwaysright.com/ and I feel much better. Although, I’m still not convinced I have it to stay in teaching forever.

No family; just me.

I could throw out my photographic skilz. (Only somewhat joking. Many of my friends think I’m professional level. My friends who are professionals think I’m getting the hang of it.)

Museums or CC’s could be an option.

I like the Hot-Air Ballooning idea! I could explain to the customers the thermodynamic laws that explain why the balloon is floating. Then, after they wake up, I could take them for a hot air balloon ride…

Keep the ideas coming! The wilder the better!

As someone who has met you, I have to say, this made me giggle.

A lot.

You’d have to change your screen name to** JustAnotherPimp,Bitch!**

It kinda depends on your priorities:

  • Fun factor.
  • Change factor.
  • ???
  • Profit!?

For the last, oil companies are always recruiting, at least around here. For the fun factor, I don’t know - apply to Mythbusters? For the change factor, could you take out a year of sabbath (as a professor) while working in R&D?

I sent a couple non-classroom, but teaching-related position announcements to the email in your profile. I hope that’s OK. They may not be particularly useful if you’re not interested in relocating, but at least they could be food for thought.

My backup plan has always been to become a truck driver. There’s plenty of work, and you get to see the country('s highways and seedy truckstops). My FIL, who is a truck driver, laughs at me. But he’s always able to find work when it suits him.

With your mad chemistry skilz, you could have a profitable side job in recreational pharmaceuticals.

Step three - Profit!

Oh there’s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 wheels on a big rig! And they’re rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. . . rollin’ rollin’ rollin’!

I don’t suggest chemical R&D right now. We’re not doing so hot.