I just read an online article from a writer who claims there are five recession-proof industries:
2.Accounting & Auditing
I won’t argue with those choices although I do wonder where
“Waste Management” is since there will never be a shortage of waste.
But it also got me thinking that the service trades like
HVACR, plumbing, and electrical are always going to be in demand because there
are no such things as maintenance-free appliances and fixtures. Even the ones
with built-in obsolescence need to be replaced and often by a professional
However, slow economic times are forcing people to use
chicken wire and duct tape to keep things together until they can afford normal
repairs and replacements.
I am exaggerating - people also use “pre-chewed” gum to
patch holes, too. The point is, with the shortage of good labor available to
the HVACR trade, can we really say that service techs represent a
I think not. It would be nice to think that good techs will
always be in demand, but right now I have my doubts. Of course, I’m from
Michigan, where even the best workers in many trades can’t find work. But I
think our affliction has spread to many other areas, too.
Let’s keep training our techs and inviting new ones to enter
the trade - but let’s make sure we have enough work for them to stay
(I mentioned chicken wire, duct tape, and gum. E-mail me
with some of the jerry rigging your techs have seen on service calls. I’ll
publish some at a later date.)