a reply to: Agit8dChop
That's a really interesting question. I guess the answer depends on your perspective.
If I were young again and looking for something to study for a career, I'd do what my Dad suggested back in the 70's. I'd study Mechanical
Engineering, specifically HVAC. IT and Computer tech is all fine and good, but no matter what people are always going to need air. With the advent
of computers the need for HVAC has steadily increased over the years and will continue to do so for effectively...forever. Demand is high and always
will be. It's a trade and a discipline which will keep you employed for a lifetime.
If I guy was really bent on going into IT related things (read: hard headed) the place to be is in one of two areas: Networks and Cyber Security.
That's where the BIG money is. When I say 'networks', I'm talking about high end network design; things like CCIE/CCDE (Cisco certs). Those guys are
pulling down $300/hour on an easy day, and up to $500/hour in an emergency. Plan on being married to a keyboard, but the skillset will never go out
of demand. High-end Cyber Security is another field where you can pretty much name your price. Get into the banking / securities world and high 6
figures to low 7 figures are not uncommon salaries at all. In fact, I have a couple guys working for me in these areas who make about 4x what I make,
and I make good money!
If I were going to do it all again (based on my life to date), I'd probably go into Law. I've found, in my life, I'm very much attracted to the
concepts of reasonability, justice and balance. Probably one of my bigger career regrets not becoming a Lawyer.
Medicine is another field where demand exceeds supply (by a huge margin too). Brutal field to work in, but the pay is pretty good if you can stand
Lastly, on the career side...probably the single highest demand area I see right now is, not so surprisingly, skilled trades. We just can't find
them. Right now, demand exceeds supply by about 10,000%. It's incredible. Skills such as Ironworkers, Pipefitters, Carpenters, Electricians,
Tin-knockers, etc. There are millions of openings right now. There's millions of guys who will pour concrete or hang sheetrock, but I'm talking
about higher skilled trades.
As for me personally, if I could spend 4 hours a day (at my age right now) studying something I think I would study two subjects:
1. American History (from about 1650 to present)
2. World History (from about the 5th Century to the 20th Century, with a strong emphasis on the 5th-15th Centuries and the 19th Century. 16th to 18th
is really just a bunch of noise IMHO.)
Hope this helps.
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