I'm new to this forum. So bare with me. I'm 19 and I recently graduated welding at a local vocational school. I've been trying to get into the oil pipe welding feild for some time now and seems to me you have to really know someone in that line a work to even get a chance to work. Plus sometimes you have to do a 5 year apprenticeship to even get a full time pipe welding job in many cases. Good thing about oil pipe welding is that with your own rig you can make around 40 to 50$ an hour. But you work10 to 14 hours a day sometimes 7 days a week. Making 150,000 and sometimes 200,000$ a year. Always gone from home... When there's work. Now that being said I have put some thought into going to college and pursueing dentistry, I love dentistry and although I did not do very well in high school because I slacked off and I do not have a high act score. Is there any chance of me being successful in pursueing dentistry? Im a smart guy I just slacked off in highschool. I've changed now. I would like to major in business then go to dental school. I know starting salaries are not much different then a pipe welding in the oil feild but would the 7 years or more be worth it just to be able to stay home and work less hours a week in a better environment and MAYBE one day opening up my own practice. Is it hard to find a dentistry job? I would be willing to travel anywhere. I just don't want to work 7 days a week and live in a hotel room my whole life welding and plus I can't seem to get into the pipe oil feild at all..I love welding don't get me wrong but I also love dentistry and willing to learn.. So I need advice THANK YOU!