I got the library I work at to order the excellent book "Durable Trades: family-centered economies that have stood the test of time" by Rory Groves. While I have a job, I think this book is great for anyone who is looking at what else they might do, and is especially good for young people who want to build a solid foundation. It is written from a Christian perspective, but it's not heavy handed, so if that's not your faith, that bit can be set aside with ease. Even so, I think the values of "family centered economies" are also a value of a lot of Green Wizards, regardless of their faith. Also, it's good for those who may not yet have a family, or for those who will be bachelors, because it all translates to jobs that are going to be around for the long haul.
This is from the blurb.
"With over thirty thousand occupations currently in existence, workers today face a bewildering array of careers from which to choose, and upon which to center their lives. But there is more at stake than just a paycheck. For too long, work has driven a wedge between families, dividing husband from wife, father from son, mother from daughter, and family from home. Building something that will last requires a radically different approach than is common or encouraged today. In Durable Trades, Groves uncovers family-centered professions that have endured the worst upheavals in history--including the Industrial Revolution--and continue to thrive today. Through careful research and thoughtful commentary, Groves offers another way forward to those looking for a more durable future."
In looking at the trades he rates them on a scale of how easy it is to learn the trade, how family centered it is, and a few other things. Because they have already stood the test of time, they are likely to stand the test of time in varying degrees as we go down the long descent, hence why I think this a valuable book on the subject of trades and vocation. Also probably of interest to deindustrial writers for the work they can give their characters.
Here are the entire contents and trades covered:
"Part I: Brittle systems. The challenge ahead ; The industrial revolution: then and now ; Defining durable -- Part II: Durable Trades. Key findings ; Shepherd ; Farmer ; Midwife ; Gardener ; Woodworker ; Carpenter ; Painter ; Cook ; Brewer ; Innkeeper ; Tutor ; Mason ; Silversmith ; Interpreter ; Author ; Butcher ; Apothecary ; Counselor ; Sawyer ; Lawyer ; Honorable mentions ; Baker ; Plasterer ; Tailor ; Metalsmith ; Barber ; Publisher ; Minister ; Merchant ; Roofer ; Embalmer ; Architect ; Farrier ; Leatherworker ; Sailor ; Logger ; Treasurer ; Physician ; Artist ; Musician ; Fisherman ; Miner ; Banker ; Courier ; Statesman ; Professor ; Nanny ; Judge ; Scientist ; Cartographer ; Armorer ; Schoolteacher ; Shipwright ; Watchman ; Dentist ; Foundryman ; Millwright ; Coachman ; Soldier ; Actor ; Athlete ; Tax collector -- Part III: Durable Foundations. The vital life ; The dignity of work ; A resilent future."
An excerpt is available here: