But really all you need to know for SAM at higher levels is... "PACK THAT STR ON" lol.
Only for WS... let's not have another guy who ends up TPing in Osode and Wyvern Helm please!
To the OP, you probably know by now but FFXI lets you change jobs, so you're not tied to one like you are in other MMORPGS. The only real constant is your race, so pick something you like to look at. I feel a bit bad for people who go "I'm gonna be a DD!", pick Galka, and then find that they <3 playing whm but curse their MP pool and initial racial decision.