Interesting to see that this thread was started over 4 years ago. Although a short thread, a very relevant topic--especially now more than ever.
As an electronics technician with 22 years experience in high-tech, professional audio manufacturing / engineering, biomedical engineering, etc., I have come to a conclusion that this career is done and over. In fact, it has been for quite some time. Call me stubborn or perhaps naive about this so called career path.
Adaptation is important.
However, not all current day "electronics technicians" can adapt. Besides the economics that fuel the simple idea that items or equipment that once required service were worth repairing are now so far tipped on the wrong side of the scale (i.e., the old TV or VCR repairperson lost their line of work long, long ago). Now, those of us in the remaining industries find ourselves not only competing for the few jobs that are left--most of them pay at an insulting hourly rate! Few exception can be made. If you have a job in the very-high-tech industry and are lucky enough to have job security, perhaps you are making $52k or thereabout.
However, most electronics tech jobs today pay so little that is is laughable. You can get a job at Whole Foods for $14/hr and yet, a tech like me with over 2 decades of work experience can now expect to make $10 - $16 / hr (for most jobs out there).
My advice to anyone who is considering a career in electronics: don't. Go with software dev. Geez, just look out there you'll see that the pay is anywhere between $40k to upwards of $125k.
My advice to anyone who is currently an unemployed Electronics Technician still looking for work: give up and change careers. You'll be glad you did in the long run. I promise you that no matter how excellent a tech you are (discrete, I.C.s, analog, digital, component level troubleshooting, surface-mount rework under a microscope, complex circuit analysis, prototyping), your skill (and mine) is no longer needed.