Herron puts it more frankly. "The days of getting seventy thousand dollars a year for screwing in light bulbs are over. Individuals who're used to making forty or fifty dollars per hour, when they get back to work after being laid off, they're making ten or fifteen dollars per hour. You have to have an advanced skill set. Some industries can't hire fast enough: scientist, technician, information technology, health care, hands on and administration, any advanced technology."
Those aren't the only skills needed. "Machinists are in huge demand," Herron continues. "A welder who can weld aluminum is worth his weight in gold. Skilled trades are a wide-open market: electrician, plumber, Roto-Rooter [operator]--they're all equally needed, if not more, than jobs for college graduates. Four years of college isn't for everyone, nor it is necessary. You can go to community college to learn a skill like information technology. IT is in high demand, and they don't care about background."