Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum. I am a professional woman who has worked in another field for more than 25 years and am exploring other options these days - primarily, a profession that I can continue doing should I move to a more rural/smaller city and do part time eventually when I am older. I have been reading a lot of threads here stating that the appraisal profession is oversaturated and underappreciated. I hold a Masters degree in another field and have spoken to an appraiser who teaches the various courses here in Chicago and he believes I would have no problem becoming an appraiser and could make a good living. He also told me that it's a low stress job. But, I have some concerns. First, I know that the trainee program is tough. I am not worried about working a 50 hour week, but I do have bills to pay and would like to know what the average salary would be for a trainee (understanding that it's reduced while I learn and pay my dues) and if it's possible to do this work part time so I have time to supplement my income with my current consulting. Also, I have read that appraisers don't like hiring trainees. I have seen a few job postings, but would like your opinion. Frankly, I have bills to pay and am my own breadwinner. I wouldn't mind supplementing the two years required to apprentice if I thought I could make enough to put it back in a reasonable amount of time. Is it possible to make $100,000 or thereabouts once I am certified and how many years would it take to reach that level? I should also say that I have worked anywhere from 50 to 70 hours a week for my entire professional life, but I am hoping to stay more around the 50 hours a week now and would like to run my own shop as soon as I could. I think I would enjoy this work and that it could transition well once I moved, but I need to eat too so I want to be realistic. Any advice you pros have will be appreciated. BTW, I have also been reading blogs and articles saying that work is picking up and that there is a shortage of new recruits in the business (and I realize that this is for a variety of reasons). However, that information doesn't seem to jive with what I have read in the threads here, and that is why I am posting. From what I have read here, there are more appraisers with too little work. I am in marketing and business development and I have learned that you go to the pros in the field for the most reliable information. Thanks in advance. Cheers!