Great insight fellas!
I am a 23 year old technician. I don't remember having much of a choice of working on appliances in my earliest days, as my dad was/is a die-hard GE technician-turned-entrepreneur.
You are correct that high schools aren't making an effort to make kids aware of our field. So much effort is spent on HVAC technicians, that they've forgotten about our field.
Our company has picked up extra warranty work because you nailed it on the head when you said its hard to make a living on CODs when some of these appliances are sold for less than an average repair. Lets not even consider that today's consumers want a professional Grade A servicer at a Grade C price rate.
I foresee that sometime in my life, we'll only be servicing the higher-end appliances, as the prices of basic models continue to drop.
Any thoughts guys?