Or why computer folks tend toward liberty
I’ve reached the age where my children are deciding on careers. My oldest daughter is considering physical therapy, a field that certainly sounds like an interesting and exciting choice for her. And, initially, at least, I was her strong supporter.
Being in the computer field with a degree in mathematics, surrounded by peers, degreed or otherwise, I was shocked to learn that physical therapy schools now require four years of post bachelors education. Eight years in total.
That means my daughter will be 26 before she is able to work in her sought-after profession. Add on the debt and I see little reason for her to pursue a career that averages only $74,480 per year. Amazing.
Now, in my field, personal performance trumps degrees, which is why the computer field is continually innovating and improving. The stifling state bureaucracy and its rent-seeking sycophants have not destroyed creativity and creative destruction. Not yet, anyway.
Small wonder that computer folks tend to liberty while many in other fields tend to collectivism. We (computer folks) see the benefit of a free labor force and its accompanying ingenuity. We thrive on it. And we benefit, as well.
I fear that, should my daughter pursue physical therapy, she will join her peers and look to the state to protect her career to the detriment of her patients and those desiring to pursue the field, but unable or unwilling to waste years and money. What other reaction is there when you are 26, over $100,000 in debt and facing a midlevel salary?
I desire the new and improved. I find amazing products coming from my sector, a sector that is relatively free. I desire the fruits of liberty. But as sectors of our economy embrace the individual advantages of an interventionist state, we all lose as the market is choked by regulations and licensure requirements that provide nothing other than benefits to an ever-growing group of rent-seekers.