I've been fustrated with the state of the arts industry in this country, since it IS my chosen career, and have been considering a possible "compatible career". That is, something that offers the bennies and pay of a decent job with the ability to work on shows without a conflict of the two. That means a salary job with an ASSURED 40 hours a week with a company that is estabilshed with good benefits. Impossible I though. The closest I had found was driving a cab, but there were no benefits to speak of and while I could choose where I worked, it was dangerous and difficult at best to quantify what I made when I wanted to buy something like a new motorbike or to lease an apartment. Every other job I looked at were either good paying and requried your entire life given to them, or had good pay but lousy hours. Then, the K9 thread came up. Not that I'm looking at that kind of job, but that got me thinking.... If there is ANY job that is going to be in demand in the US as the economy goes south, it's the legal field. Also, with immigration getting more strict and the "entitled" generation raised on iPods and luxury SUV's goes to the workforce to turn their noses up on good jobs, there is a huge gap of labour. In Arizona, that gap is in the Arizona Department of Corrections. So, I decided "Ok, we'll take a look". What I saw was ...well....shocking :shock: Pay starts (after academy) at $34,000 a year, has GREAT med and dental benefits, 12 sick days for the first year with 12 days vacation and 10 paid holidays, and...this is the kicker...the academy, which is 9 weeks, counts as 21 credit hours for any Arizona University or college! So, with a job I'd get about 2,800 a month, med and dental that I've never had, and the shifts are 8 hours/5 days a week guaranteed (it seems they're very strict on that due to fatiuge. Arizona prisons are known for being stressful joints. Then again, after driving a cab any place else is less stressful). And, the kicker is that with the credits from the academy combined with the degree I already have, I could get an Associates in Criminal Justice right off the bat without stepping one foot on a college campus again! Anyone with experience or thoughts? It's a while off (or perhaps not), but I AM returning to Phoenix regardless as soon as possible, since I really can't live up here on what people get paid in this hick town.