Icewing, I'm not sure I buy the IT argument -- and I'm an IT guy! Honestly, it sounds like you're trying to justify your own job. Nevertheless, you may be right. Who knows.
I thought of another one today -- Home Garden Consultant! I suspect that people will want to plant their own gardens, even in suburbia. But how many suburbians know how to plant a garden? Those who know can probably make a living by teaching those who don't.
Nope, not trying to justify my job\career choice. Honestly, I have enough fallback skill sets that I could find SOMETHING. I learned long ago that when you're hungry, there's no such thing as a job that's beneath you.
Marketable skills include:
IT (listed above)
Remodeling\Construction (I've rehabbed 2 houses completely (from the studs out) , I've roofed a garage (trusses and all), masonry, some concrete work
Car repair (been doing my own repairs for 15 years)
Electrical work (don't have to be licensed in Ohio IIRC)
Fishing (rod and reel)
BTW, I like your gardening consultant idea, but let me ask you this. Are you skilled with gardening when you can't go down to the store to buy pesticide\fertilizer\whatnot, either cause the store isn't there or you have no currency to buy it with? Do you know where to get the natural versions of things (certain plants for pest control, how to compost, sources of fertilizer (aka aged crap) etc? Also, how are you going to get paid? A percentage of the garden's output?
One other thing that was brought up, about IT not being marketable in the PAW. Really? If you can keep a computer up and a way to say, print information (or hand copy it worse case) you don't think that pamphlets on how to treat wounds, printouts on animal husbandry, 'when there is no doctor', etc, wouldn't be valuable? IT stands for information technology. A key part of that is information that is STORED on the systems. What about news from the outside world? Ever heard of Packet Radio or High-speed multimedia radio? What about Entertainment? Traveling minstrels used to go from town to town,offering up entertainment to the masses, for food, coin, etc. If you have power and a laptop and a projector, you don't think you could get some food from everybody who wants to see a movie, or a documentary, or something else?
Raptor, for the 20th time, I will NOT feed congress to the lizard queen. Stop asking.
"It's fuzzy headed liberal thinking like that that gets people eaten." - Ironbear