As a mech for a major US airline, I'm just fed up with the entire industry. When you look at careers, the three things you value are pay, benefits, and quality of life. Where I am, the pay is poor for the responsibilities I have on a day to day basis, the benefits are ok, and the quality of life is poor-- I routinely work night shifts, weekends and holidays.
I, for one, am getting out of this business. Many other mechs are too. If you possess the skills to trouble shoot, fix and repair one of the most complex machines on earth today, going to another tech industry is relatively easy. I started my A+ certification study a few weeks ago, and MCSE and CISCO should follow.
A shakeout in this industry is long overdue, several weeks ago, someone posted a topic "Pilots- an endangered species?". The mechanic is the endangered one. Hardly anyone new is entering (the kids are pretty smart these days), an estimated 15% will retire in the next five years, and those in the middle like me are training for jobs that pay better, with nights, weekends and holidays off.