I have this teenager. He wants to be a heavy metal guitar player. In other words, this kid is going to be desperately in need of a day job that is transportable (i.e. you can do it as well in Seattle as Portland or LA or Nashville or Chicago ..) and one that won't get sent overseas. I used to be a shipfitter and while working in Seattle-area shipyards formed the opinion that sheet metal guys had it made - they pretty much worked in clean environments, never looked filthy or completely sweaty (like I often did) and after they'd saved some money, they seemed to open a little shop uptown and do pretty well.
Of all the guys I knew, the ones who made the most money period were plumbers. Then came engineers/software jocks who were lucky enough to tag a startup in the '80s or '90s and make a few million. Then came the lawyers, doctors and run-of-the-mill professionals like that, followed closely by guys who made a relative fortune buying and selling real estate and renovating it in the roaring bull real estate market of the last 20 years. However, you can not predict the future from the past, and plumbing is nasty dirty work, and most engineering work is going overseas and I wouldn't be a doctor to save my ass and lawyers suck and he doesn't have what it takes to make a fortune as a contractor. So I'm thinking sheet metal apprenticeship program as soon as he gets old enough.
What do you guys think? I know there are no shortage of guys with opinions on this NG!
Grant Erwin Kirkland, Washington