There's a very big petrochemical industry here, around the ship channel area especially. I would look into getting onboard with one of them. Anything in petrochem is going to pay more than anywhere else; I have a high school diploma, and I'm making more than most college grads! I guess it's because it's hard to find people to work in a chemical plant (stay away from BP!) but where I work, safety is the number one concern of everyone. I've heard the word "safety" so much I feel guilty cleaning out my gutters without a harness on! Excellent benefits too; the media may think refineries are the modern-day evil Goliaths, but if you drive a car, drink out of a styrofoam cup, fly in a plane or have anything made out of plastic, thank a petrochem company...