Anyone who chooses a STEM career path in the Western world needs to examine his or her priorities.
The problem is that the alternatives are also risky. First-world workers in general are taking it in the nuts due to offshoring, outsourcing, and automation.
I would note that plumbing, HVAC, and household appliance repair seems a relatively good option right now, being harder to offshore or automate.
But you never know, maybe remote-controlled repair bots controlled by $2/hr workers in Timbuktu will take over much of that, although some suspect that a sense of small, touch, dexterity, etc. is needed to do it right. Still, it could replace some repair tasks.