1. I went to college, got a few associates degrees, and worked hard to get noticed by employers over the past 6-7yrs. The only hiccup is I'm only getting noticed by employers in a very niche market (not what I went to school for). After having worked in that niche field since graduation, I'm afraid I've hit my salary cap in such a short time. 2. This niche market doesn't have enough work to sustain a business in my area OR companies are big enough to have their own in-house people (and people rarely leave those gravy jobs). So, I either work nights near home or I work out of town. Left a job working nights for 7 months straight. New job was ok at first, now I'm out of town every week - not to mention I have to room with other dudes. I hate it. If it wasn't apparent, I'm only getting scouted by contractors...and contract work sucks. 3. Being out of town and/or working nights is taking time away from my wife, hobbies, music, church, etc. I think the worst part about this situation is I'm making the most money I've ever made. There are no other jobs that will touch my current salary locally. I'd have to move to potentially get out of this nights/outoftown/weekends work. Take a less paying job with those perks locally and I lose most of my hobbies (the little time I get to enjoy them). I spent hours and hours and hours in college researching the job market that even remotely related to the degrees I would eventually earn. I even questioned my professors to no end in order to steer myself in a general direction of jobs to avoid the roadblock I'm in now. I can't and still have never worked a day with the degrees I've earned even thought the area is on fire with work for the education I have. I just feel like I've reached the end for bigger opportunity in my area. Maybe I've lost the motivation and drive I had in college, but I just don't know what my next move is. End Rant. Can anyone relate?