The Naivete About $100,000 Per Year Jobs

Welding trade schools frequently run late night TV advertisements that targets a demographic susceptible to the dream of a better life. Specifically, these commercials show guys having fun with a welding gun and wiring feed molding metals at a promised starting salary of $25 per hour (which often amounts to annual income in the $50,000-$55,000 range) with some even alluding to possible compensation of $50 per hour (i.e. the $100,000 per year threshold). This type of advertising is often misleading, as the median salary for first-year welders is $18 per hour, or annual income the $35,000-$40,000 range.

More broadly, there seems to be a naivete from people in their late teens and early 20s that make them think, “Oh, I’ll just get a $100,000 per year job” as if it something you just go to the mall and find sitting on the rack.

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