As usual, a thread has drifted, and instead of drifting it further I thought I'd side-step to a new thread. In the thread on Apocalypse - Civilization building they've gotten down to the point of current government regulations affecting how people will likely respond in a future disaster.
That got me to thinking on how over regulation is suppressing needed services and stopping people from working in various fields, and this leads on to how that affects the availability of needed services in a post apocalyptic world. If the skills degrade now, what will they be like later?
An example of what I mean in degrading services. In the past people would commence work in various fields, and their work would assist them in adding skills to prepare them for promotion. If not skill related certifications were needed the work organised them. Now the government regulations often require people to have the certifications before they can be employed. An example in my state is the paramedic qualifications for ambulance staff. Years ago you got the basic qualification and worked a couple of years, then you did part time studies with work support to get the next level up, and so on. Then the government legislated government control of all the private ambulance services, then set regulations for any work on an ambulance. So you have to have the qualifications before you apply, but the same now applies for the higher level qualified jobs and the government isn't helpful in doing the studies. So, if you want a promotion that requires a higher level certification you have to do all the studies on your own time and dime. The result, after a few years, is people are retiring from those positions and there aren't enough qualified people to fill all the roles because the lower level people can't manage to get the quals on their own due to family and full-time work commitments. Long term, in a major disaster the number of available trained personnel is going to be less per 1,000 people and at a lower level. Many of the government security clearances have to be held prior to applying for some jobs, too. Another thing to make it harder to work in the field and discourage people from the industry.
What other fields are so affected by over regulation, and how do you think it will affect the post apocalyptic scenario.