You guys are correct, the trend is for kids to go to college and get an education and get a "desk" job. LOL.
A good friend of mine I worked with for 20 years recently quit (they wanted her to go full time, she was only part time with NO benefits for years, raise a family, etc..), so she found a great job working with local schools/businesses and showing kids the TRADES, machinists, mechanics, welders, etc....hopefully there will be a change in the future with some kids wanting to go into those jobs. Some of these jobs do pay competitive wages/benefits/etc....just like you are stating. http://www.didiwny.com/