So we all know that expectations usually don't meet reality:
- Banking -> PE isn't the multi-million dollar promised land
- Academia to professorship is a nightmare process with slim chances of tenure
- Becoming a doctor won't get you a job 'till 30 and residency can actually be worse than banking + debt
- Lawyer life is just as much of a grind if not worse than banking
- Hedge fund isn't land of riches unless you're the 5% beating your benchmark or have a large AUM
- Lots of my friends in non-profits feel like their efforts are futile because special interests override their impact
All this said, those who like their jobs, or are good at it don't mind the struggles but the reality is that this is at best the top quartile. Most of us aren't outliers.
If you are middle-of-the-pack in your profession (or even top 50%), what profession would actually live up to its expected trade-offs?
My vote is programming/coding. Personally not my cup of tea but it seems like the job that best meets surface level expectations of the role regardless if you're top 10% or not. Even if you are (likely) not at FB or Google, you are likely able to find a job that pays $120k+ a year and work very reasonable hours (if not 40/week).
This is just meant to generate discussion as we know most expectations of dream jobs aren't met but I'm inclined to believe there are some that do :P (also meant to help out the risk-adverse homies on this forum)