Quote from tiffswan
What pays as good as a nurse.....any other careers?
There are plenty of other career fields that pay a whole lot more
money than nursing. Even many police officers earn more money than some RNs without having had to attend any college courses. My hometown's police force starts police officers at a yearly pay rate of $47,000. If you don't want to accrue student loans, that might be the way to go.
I was reading an article that general managers at fast food places earn an average of $53,000 yearly with no college education required. All you need is a couple of years of hands-on experience at the restaurant and some solid knowledge of their policies and procedures.
You can work at a factory and earn decent money, too. From 2001 to 2004 I worked at a paper products factory and earned $42,000 per year. No education was required beyond high school. In addition, unionized grocery stores pay their cashiers up to $17 hourly, which is comparable to LVN pay rates.
My point is there are many entry-level job opportunities with salaries that are comparable to nursing, but without the required college education and training. If money is the sole motivating factor, you can become a cop, fast food manager, factory worker, or supermarket clerk, and earn a decent salary without having to spend one dime on a college education.