Does anyone have information on good emerging appraisal opportunities or specialties that anticipate a shortage of appraisers over the next decade? BTW- I attended a lunch yesterday where Bob Clark the director of the OREA spoke about how far the number of licensees has dropped in CA, from apx 20k to 14k, with few new appraisers trickling in. With few new appraisers coming in and the average age of licensed appraisers 60+ it stands to reason there will be a shortage of appraisers especially in the non residential appraisal fields. The flow of residential appraisers will continue, but where will the commercial and specialty appraiser's come from? It seems to me the residential mortgage appraisal industry is the low ground where the majority of appraisers are located. With the aging of appraisers and the difficulty in getting trained for commercial appraisals, coupled with lack of desire, it appears that commercial appraisal, and other non residential specialties, is the high ground where there may be the most opportunities in the next decade if one can get trained and become qualified. Are there good paying appraisal fields where there are a shortage of appraisers? Does anyone have resource materials to refer on this topic or information to share?