> Iím one of the few people that disagree with this way of thinking as I believe
> that I am a trained professional and should be paid a living wage. Granted my
> experience is equal to that of a medical intern but even then I think that given
> the fact that lives are in my hands that I should receive a wage that is better
> than a burger flipper at McDs as skydoune pointed out.
A medical intern? They're not exactly numbskulls. And this is my point.
Operating heavy machinery or other industrial tools or systems takes a lot of knowledge. It involves significant risk. There is no reason why training for these jobs should result in low-paying jobs.
But, as I may have mentioned, I don't think its a simply issue of risk assessment and valuation anymore. It involves your negotiating power (or lack thereof) and payments to insurance versus employees to lower risk.
In the past, you payed employees more in the hopes of curbing risk. But I really think this has shifted towards insurance agencies and stricter employee codes - that is to say, they force you to be safe, rather than pay you well to induce your self-interest to that end.
What is irritating is how well financial employees are payed. Our priorities simply aren't in order.