Sunday, May 15, 2016
Sunday Reading - Mechanics Needed
Someone asked me the other day what skill I thought was going to be most in demand as this long slow slide continues. My standard answer was knowledge of small agricultural production but the person in question qualified their question.
"What skill will be most in demand and be able to be learned ahead of time without investing in land and be used to make a living at as things slide?"
Hmmmm. Well aside from working for someone else right now they had me stumped for a minute. The list of useful skills is endless but which one do I think would be most in demand for say the next 10 or 20 years outside of food production?
Butcher? Certainly and there is some demand for it right now. All types of clothing, tanning, shoe making but not a whole lot of real demand for them currently.
The one I came up with after mulling this question over for a while might surprise you.
Mechanic. As far as I can tell a good mechanic can get a job in a heart beat these days. The demand for "technicians" as they are called today is a hungry beast that can never be fed and the way the numbers look the lack of techs is only going to get worse.
I know where I work and about every dealership I have contact with would gladly hire a dozen techs that walked in the door tomorrow. They are constantly stealing techs from each other and managers are losing sleep over recruitment. The manager I work for sets up trips all over the country attempting to recruit more techs.
Of course like in most industries today the pay ain't all the great and I am betting that's going to change over the next couple of years.
However I am willing to bet that during this stage of decline we are going through, which will span the next 5 to 10 years or longer, a mechanic will be worth his weight in gold. Anyone able to keep the machines running will be sought after as spare parts dry up. The most appealing aspect of this skill though is as I stated the fact that they are also in such demand right now as well. I would rank them up there in demand almost as high as medical personnel although no where near the pay scale.
If a mechanic is good enough to learn the new technology and the old he or she will prove even more valuable.
Really the more I thought about it the more I saw the endless possibilities.
What about you guys? Any other ideas on this topic?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!