well yeah it's a bad situation now for the profession. i already have a license and everything...so, i'm wondering what field a 49 y.o. guy could possibly train into...that wouldn't take a long time in school?
during the recession of the 1980's the situation was better in california and the northeast. now, it's bad all over from what i've heard. my friend in california who worked at richard meiers' los angeles office for 20 years was laid off back in febrary '09.
a few years ago a lot of people were getting real estate & mortgage broker licenses. well, we know now what that was about.
at the end of the day, people will need new buildings to live, work and do business in. so, it's a matter of waiting things out which isn't easy- especially when you have a lot of financial obligations that require a good paying job. in my area, there aren't many jobs that don't require a college degree and work experience outside of my field.
so, i guess i need to be creative.