Why don't kids want to be plumbers?
High school students want to be computer programmers, businessmen, engineers, doctors, musicians, even journalists, according to a new national survey. But only 6 percent of them want to be carpenters, electricians or plumbers, even though skilled tradesmen are in demand (at least when the economy's humming) and often make good money.
Respondents said the trades don't interest them; they're not mechanically inclined; they don't think it's cool. But industry leaders think attitudes would change if students knew more about trades and if high schools offered more vocational courses –- something school leaders in Florida have been working on.
For what it's worth, kids, master plumbers with five to seven years' experience can swat down $100,000 a year.
In related news, veterinary technologists have one of the most recession-proof jobs around, according to this CBS Evening News story that includes students from the Vet Tech Program at St. Petersburg College.
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter
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