I think there is plenty of opportunity in the sparky biz but the people who can move up will know about big copper and bending pipe but they also need to be computer literate because big switch gear is going to have a computer running it. The closer you get to the end user, the more computers you are going to see. Remind the hard core geeks, the computer is just blinking lights until you can connect it to serious amps and get some work done. The money will be for that guy who can stand in both worlds and keep them hooked together and humming.
Congratulations Steve and to your son. There is nothing nicer than the smell of a freshly printed ticket. I have to agree with the comments of Greg though, gone are the days of an Electrician, merely pulling wires and hooking them up, that was OK back in the day, these days the Electrician needs to be more savvy. I've found that in the years that I've been involved in the Electrical trade here, you have to be much more than an installer, you need to do the little intricate things like PLC's, smart relays, and all the relay and control stuff that we always did. These days though, we are required to do all sorts of things with apps (where smart-phones control this, that and the next thing), customers require this, as a turn-key option. Those that can embrace that and pick up the ball and run are going to be the ones that make the money.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green