Ahh yeah. The old existential conundrum. I think you're getting pretty good advice overall here. A person doesn't want to live their entire life around the pillars of money and security, but they do get more important with age. Sooner or later it just ain't that funny moving in and out of rental places and getting tagged for the deposit every single time, no. I think the main thing is to do SOME damn thing...don't wallow in indecision real long, or you'll look up one day and see you could have been in and out of another school and done with it, right or wrong, in the same amount of time you've been wondering about it.
My life has shown me that whatever your career passion may be, there's still always this part where it's gonna be work, and you're gonna do it to pay the bills. If you're lucky, you'll enjoy big chunks of it too. If you have anything on the ball at all, you'll learn to enjoy big chunks of work no matter what the work is. Life's fascinating in all it's respects. So I wouldn't fret too much about what your divine life calling might be...pick a fork and head into it. That being said, I'd agree strongly with those opining for the federal gov. as an employer...it just doesn't get more stable and benefit-heavy than our Uncle. And a much bigger, and growing, employer, is going to keep right on being all these sick and elderly Americans we got...yeah, the health field. Had it all to do over again, I'd definitely do nursing, for the simple reasons that they're hiring nurses almost everywhere, so you can pretty much pick your town. Excellent bennies in a decade where health insurance may well be unaffordable otherwise. And although it's less noble and exalted than being a doctor, you don't have to pour your entire life into it, either. Plus you actually get to help people, which can be both very frustrating and very rewarding.
Anyway, I just relocated to Durango and am looking for class III to easy class IV boating...when's the season start? Where's it happen? Is it summer yet, is it, huh, huh, is it? Is there anyplace in this damn town a person can afford to buy? Where's the water, huh? Help!