I've been saying this for YEARS! The damn schools are coercing everyone into white collar fields, mainly so they can make "real money". Even the ones who are obviously not meant for that life. I've witnessed this first hand many times. I mean how many damn financial analysts and insurance brokers do we need???NECA, IBEW Proactively Address Electrician Shortage
The National Electrical Contractor's Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have joined forces to address the shortage of electricians predicted in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2014 the national need for electrical workers will rise to more than 734,000, which is 78,000 beyond the number currently employed in the field.
I for the life of me cannot understand the stigma that is still attached to blue collar work, even in this new century.
No one can find any decent help, VERY few guys/kids are looking to get into the trades, and the typical American youth is becoming to damn lazy to want to do real work and start at the bottom where we ALL did. This even with the prospect of an extremely stable and prosperous future.
I have also been saying, if I see the next 20-40 years of this trade we will be right up there with doctors, lawyers and accountants.