The friends I went to school with are all doing better than me and it’s frustrating. One of my friends especially is making +300k at a big tech company as a programmer and Im only making ~50k as a therapist.
My work is important but I get paid like dog-s and most of my coworkers and others in the same field don’t get paid much better unless we go into private practice.
I can just about afford to eat, put petrol in my car and rent my apartment but I’ll probably never own a home.
We were talking about our jobs and he told me about the perks of his job like free lunches and I got kind of annoyed and said all the important jobs in society get paid badly (mine, nursing aids, teachers etc), while those like his get paid so much higher.
We don’t even get a free coffee! He laughed and told me I couldn’t do his job since it’s too technical and he’s difficult to replace so he makes a lot.
I shot back that he couldn’t do my job either because he hates talking to people. He joked he would talk to people if he had to to make money but since he can get paid and be antisocial he’s going to be.
I told him he can barely stand to listen to friends talk about their problems so what’s he think he can handle doing that for a living.
He got mad and said it’s just listening to junkies talk about childhood trauma that made them into junkies and I got upset because he downplayed my job and we cut the lunch short and left and haven’t talked since.