there simply aren't enough engineers in this country. over the last three decades the number of engineers graduating has decreased by 3%, while the number of people graduating with a degree in anything has increased by 50%.
the situation in the power systems field is more problematic because we have demographic issues. every utility that i know of has a pretty old workforce and a frequent gripe at the symposium i just went to is that as people retire, the utilities discover that they forgot to train someone to replace them. couple this with the fact that we are approach the scary end of the bathtub curve on a lot of our equipment and you've got a perfect storm situation.