Any Atheist cops here? Know any? (Atheist career issues)
Ok, a little background first. I'm sure there are some of you here who can relate to this. I'm 31 with a wife and two kids (3 years, and 15 months), and I'm at a kind of crossroads with my work life. I work for a medical supply company delivering home care supplies (beds, wheelchairs, oxygen setups etc..) I was intending on staying with this small (but expanding) company to see if I could move up the ladder a bit. Problem is they don't offer benefits! My wife has ok benefits through her job, but they are EXPENSIVE. I've reached the point where I need to get a real career so I can support the fam, and live the lifestyle I want (at least a modest version of it)
I have several options to try:
I qualify for a very entry level Network Admin position, but the company I interviewed for requires that you travel almost 6 months out of the year. I just have a bad feeling about that because of leaving the kids for so much time, and then there's the fact that I have a history of depression. Even though I'm doing better at keeping depression at bay that I ever have, all that time in a hotel alone would probably be a bad thing for me.
Option 2 is to go to school for welding, and go to work for one of the many shipyards here. I've always wanted to build performance/custom cars for a living, so at least I would get some fabrication experience, and make good money while I'm at it.
Option 3 is to become a cop or a firefighter. Police departments around here (Virginia Beach, Norfolk area) always need people, and it would be extra motivation for me to get back in shape (which I am doing anyway)
So the reason I bring this up here is the fact that most military/police types are very conservative, usually Christian. I see how Atheists get treated in the military nowadays. The only thing that has me wondering whether to take this career path is fear of being very uncomfortable being an Atheist in that environment. I am leaning towards doing it anyway, but maybe I just need some reassurance or something.
Does anyone else have a career or job where being an Atheist is an issue? How do you deal?
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