Originally Posted by rjoefish
Those that require extensive training. When I wrote it I was thinking nursing, engineering, healthcare techs, trades, etc.
Those guys would only be out of jobs or underpaid if they just aren't good at their jobs.
They could have personality issues like poor work ethic or they could have just been outdated.
And as Tom Collins has pointed out, the more skilled you are, the more likely you are to have a job and the higher your average wages are likely to be.
It should make sense even to you that as economies and technologies grow more efficient, "skills" become more commonplace and less valuable. For example, not that long ago the ability to use MSFT Office was considered a plus on the resume. Now it's basically taken for granted.
The only skill that persists over long periods of time is your ability to learn more skills and constantly re-educate yourself. It's how the people on top stay on top.