The job has it's good and bad points...just like any job.
The good is that I make well over six figures working 10 days a month. I could make even more if I wanted to be a Captain but I'd have to work harder and I'm basically lazy, and content where I am for now.
The flying part is fun some of the time. My first few flights after being off a week are most enjoyable but then it's more routine. I do short hops...no time to be bored. I can see how flying coast to coast, all night, could get old really fast...but I hardly ever have to do that cause I don't bid those trips. I'm on a fun plane, the 727. My vision of the more modern planes is that you are just a button pusher and autopilot monitor. If you say that to a 757 driver they will say it's still fun and you don't know what you're missing...so I could be off base, but I like the low tech 727 cause it's more of a pilot's plane. Doug mentioned turning off the automation and doing visuals with no VASI's...hehe....that would scare even me, but that sort of thing is what makes you into a good stick and keeps you from getting bored.
The lifestyle gets old quick. Again, first few days back after a week off and it's kinda fun going to different places to eat and doing things. Quickly, though, you get tired of it and just want to go home. My computer keeps me from getting too bored on the road...don't know how I survived without it all those years. I don't have a family so my life is easier and less complicated by that. Being gone a lot is hard on the family life but it's just a trade off you have to make if you are going to chase this career. If you get married, you need to have an understanding wife who can be happy with you not around, and who has a life of her own. It's important that she be an independent person...not one that needs you around all the time to be happy.
The "working nights-sleeping days" part of being a freight dawg makes some guys crazy...I deal with it okay but some never get used to it.
The company I work for? Well, I could go on and on about that but I'm not supposed to really. How many of us don't have a lot to say about how messed up our employers are? Let's just say it's not a Southwest Airlines type of environment.....
So...this post comes out kinda sounding negative. Really, though, the positive far outweighs the negative for me and I mentioned the positive in the beginning...it just didn't take up much room. I'll say it again...I make well over six figures and I work 10 days a month. That really says it all and is by far the overriding fact in my total feeling about my job. The money and the time off allow me to do what I really like, which is doing volunteer work with kids and youth ministry.
ANY job, I think, even flying...which seems so cool to most of you...can become a pain in the neck if you do it professionally. I guess we all just need to win the lottery....