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Paleo Job recommendations

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Created June 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I have the wonderful opportunity to return to college. I'd like to get a job that I can feel good about, however income of said job is important, to support family and I eventually want to buy a large farm for a self sustained system

I'd rather not sit behind a desk all day, but I'm more concerned the the ends than the means, are there jobs out there that are conducive to living a Paleo lifestyle?

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on June 18, 2010
at 02:38 PM

It looks like there are certifications that qualify people for entry level positions. There are also degree programs, looks mostly like two year associate degrees from various community colleges. I haven't figured out what's the best approach yet.

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on June 18, 2010
at 05:47 AM

@Stephen-Aegis -- "Green tech" has nothing to do with Paleo.

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on June 18, 2010
at 02:53 AM

Better? If not feel free to reedit before deleting it...

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on June 17, 2010
at 08:11 PM

@Stephen-Aegis -- this question isn't really a Paleo question. Please re-state it or I will close this question.

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on June 17, 2010
at 06:34 PM

have you looked into what it would take to become a butcher? i'm curious about this. are there schools or is it more of an apprentice thing? if not as a career perhaps for my own knowledge/hobby

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on June 17, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Man this question hits home. I have the opportunity to return to school as well. I've always wanted a job that serves more meaning than what I'm doing now. I've been thinking about wildlife biology, but the pay isn't so great.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 17, 2010
at 06:16 PM

I would avoid any 'green' or 'eco' business that relies on subsidies or government contracts. Why? Do the math. The bulk of this stuff isn't sustainable and it's leading to the same sort of fragility we see in our food industry- farmers plant way too much corn and soy because the government pays them to. The same government is going to pick a sustainable power supply?

Lately I've been daydreaming about being a butcher. The choke point for farmers who raise animals they way we'd like them to be raised are the processing plants, most of which are part of the industrial meat system. The government keeps slapping on more regulations on these plants, which means there are fewer and fewer of them. In addition, the expense of getting animals to a USDA approved facility means many small farmers choose to go with a state regulated processor instead, but then the farmers can't sell the finished cuts individually (the customer generally has to buy at least a quarter and everything is labeled with 'not for re-sale').

Anyway, I've looked into it, but it seems to be a complicated issue, and in any case, I am not necessarily telling you to become a butcher- I just wanted to use it as an example. We have to rebuild the old networks. A lot of folks are trying to get back to the farm, but small farmers have to rely on other businesses too.

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on June 17, 2010
at 06:34 PM

have you looked into what it would take to become a butcher? i'm curious about this. are there schools or is it more of an apprentice thing? if not as a career perhaps for my own knowledge/hobby

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 18, 2010
at 02:38 PM

It looks like there are certifications that qualify people for entry level positions. There are also degree programs, looks mostly like two year associate degrees from various community colleges. I haven't figured out what's the best approach yet.

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on June 17, 2010
at 02:05 PM

You know, I looked this up a while back when I wasn't sure that I wanted to remain a chef.

Sustainable energy and environmental sciences/planning are big and only getting bigger, both in terms of the job market (amount of people) and scope of what's out there in terms of jobs.

If you look at how the world is now, with all these various ecological issues (environmental disasters/accidents, loss of natural resources, etc.) and then just imagine what might be happening ten years down the line? There's going to be an even greater need for people with that kind of educational background.

I know if it were me, that'd be the way I'd go. Or landscaping! You're outside, lifting heavy stuff, working with your hands. I get a kick out of jobs where you get to see the fruits of your labor immediately upon completion.

Lucky son of a gun. You're making me miss school.

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