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
18 years ago