<> assume you live in CA, NY... Somewhere houses cost 500k to 1.5mm (and the associated cost of living)
<> assume you grew up with well off family, friends, expectations etc
<> this is hypothetical (thus the binary). Although I do currently have job B, and I gave up the job A that I had, Id sort of prefer the thread focuses on the hypothetical rather than be a thread "all about me"... But feel free to write what you please
Title says it all:
If you were 20-25 and had to choose:
A) job you love, but will only ever pay 35k (likely not enough to ever support anyone, have a house, much of a car, or ever take any crazy awesome vacations). Life A) would be joyful, but there would be times you might feel like an outsider to your friends and family. You might have to a bachelor as far as raising family.
B) job you hate, will start at 45k and likely (if you really commit and put in the effort) reach 150k in 10 to 20 years. Assume the job doesn't get much better as far as stress and hours at year 20, but at least you could live a more normal life (have a house, support a family, and take vacations and have toys). B) would be less enjoyable during 7-7 work hours, but at least the rest of your life would be "normal".
So what would you pick and why? I don't think it's as obvious as you'd think.