I was an electronics major in high school, and served four years in the Navy before getting a job as a tech at ColorTyme TV rentals.
For most of those four years, I was upset that I didn't have an oscilloscope and thought I was missing a limb.
ColorTyme had a 'scope for me on my bench, the same model the school had, so I was right at home.
The thing is, for the eighteen months I worked there, I barely ever used it.
That was in 1989-1990, so I'd assume that they are less needed now.
I have a (free) Knight Kit scope from the 1950's now. I used it very little for loudspeaker building and troubleshooting an amplifier over the past ten years, but other than that it gets fired up once a year as a Halloween decoration; I did the "Mad Scientist" gig in 2011 and 2012.
I find it hard to justify $3,000 for a new scope meter knowing that it would sit in the garage unused most of the time.