PRS are suggesting that based on their figures, live performances have generated more income in 2008 than record sales....Great news for us live engineers!
I think there has always been more work in the live arena ever since the advances in home recording computer technology, and now with the added boom of MP3 and more recently Spotify http://www.spotify.com/en/
(do check Spotify out if you haven't done so already!) Who knows, we may even survive the doom and gloom of the current recession!
The question remains... why isn't our education reflecting these changes in the music industry? There are hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities all over the land runnung music technology and sound recording courses - and yet there are only a handful of dedicated live sound courses available (most of which are privately run one day courses like mine)
From time to time I am asked to go into colleges to talk about live sound, and very often it ends up as a "careers advice" session. I inform the students about the many available jobs out there as a live engineer, and how comparibly few there are in the recording industry. I wouldn't like to guess exactly how many young people graduate from education each year and flood themselves onto the market thinking they are going to get a top paid job working in a recording studio.