headhonchoII wrote:Well I think there are plenty of people who don't want to work as doctors and laywers, I'm not sure what you are arguing about here?
On the one hand you complain luthiery pays crap in Taiwan and is not appreciated and you would get paid more elsewhere..on the other it's as if you think if you just work hard you will be rewarded for your efforts.
Why do people want to be doctors and lawyers (or their parents for the kids)? Because it's pretty much a guarantee of material success..whereas you can be a shit hot teacher or guitar maker but if society doesn't want to recognise that as a high paying job or if the demand isn't there...well tough luck. The only reason doctors and lawyers get paid so well is because they have professional associations that jealously guard their turf.
GuyInTaiwan wrote:archylgp: The mean is a poor measure of anything, for the reasons HH2 has mentioned/alluded to. It's too affected by outliers. In theory, the mean could actually have increased, but the median could have decreased, due to someone who was very rich making a lot more money. For example, consider the following two examples:
3, 5, 7 (mean = 5)
2, 4, 12 (mean = 6)
You need to look at the overall distribution. I wouldn't even look at the median. I'd probably look at something like the inter-quartile range.
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