They won't pay as well as some of the options discussed, but I think my kids chose reasonable "careers of the future." My son's a science teacher (good in all states except Kansas*
). He says he's taking his early retirement one summer at a time 8) .
And my daughter's in grad school in international relations--a great field if you love meeting people from other countries, speaking at least one foreign language, doing research, negotiating, global finance, internatinal development, etc. She has really gotten into the heavy-duty economics taught at her school (SAIS--Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study). She changed her mind several times as an undergrad--ended up double majoring in History and French Studies, which brought her to the former French colonies in Africa on a grant and thence to her field. Her fiance is a cancer researcher (PhD in Biology)--scientific research is a great field for a technical person.