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Old 09-13-2018, 10:44 AM   #1  
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Hi all. I am 33 married with 3 kids. Work in the oilfield currently. Have a 6 figure income, no degree. I have been looking into a potential career change, but from everything I've read it doesn't look promising for my age and and family situation. I am thinking of just working on my license, get at least a CFII and see where I'm at then. I would imagine that alone will take a couple years considering I work full time. That gives me a few years to potentially eliminate debt, and worse case scenario I end up with a pilots license and no job from it but can still fly.. Any thoughts / comments are appreciated.
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Age isnít a problem at all, youíre only 33...thatís young. Youíre income is good for making a change if you can get rid of your debt and save for training. Youíll need to start living below your means and saving. The great thing is when you take the pay cut, youíll be used to living on a reduced amount.

With a wife and 3 kids you need to be very methodical about how you do this. I agree that the slow route would be the way to go in your case.
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I was thinking I could just cash flow the training. Worst case, IF i get my annual bonus, and I piecemeal the training instead of doing a school of some sort, I should be able to pay for it that way. With all that being said could my current income be possible at a regional, granted after a few years if I chose to go that path?
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With all that being said could my current income be possible at a regional, granted after a few years if I chose to go that path?
No. People will shortly tell you you can, but just look at the pay rates on here. Thatís why I said learn to live at a RJ wage scale. If you can live on $45k now, youíll save a bunch of money and be able to handle the transition.
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I was a Field Engineer for Baker Hughes, but I had my degree and flight time pre-oilfield. When I got out of the military nobody was hiring in the aviation world, so I went to work in the oil field. Engineering degree and a CDL got me a job. Knowing how to weld and fix equipment didn't hurt.

It can be done, but you need to save a pretty big nest egg.

If you are rotational, doing your certs, getting a degree knocked out, and building time on you off weeks is doable. That way you have an income while spending money on training. Also look into getting work on off weeks while staying in the oil field.

You're gonna need a degree and that's the longest time wise thing.. Get crackin on that. Look for schools that will take oil field schools/training for credit.

No degree = you stay at regionals forever. It's workable but not ideal.
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Do everything debt free.
Look at how many years you need in a pilot position to match your current income.
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