February of 2009, I left the IT industry in the gambling sector, and became a Maintenance Mechanic at a grain mill in the small town I live in. I got a $4 an hour raise, and cut my commute costs by about $100 a month, and lost 15 pounds by riding my bicycle to work. I now make the most per hour that I ever have. It's still owned by an evil corporation, but at least the local surpervisors seem decent.
I still get my IT fix, by keeping my household up and running, as well as doing computer work on the side. The mill also has me do internal computer work, and they pay me a premium whenever I do it. Their actual IT guy is several hours away.
6 months after I started, I became an Electrical Trainee, with another pay raise.
Worked out great for me!