Evan

11-28-2003, 12:03 AM

I just finished compiling the results of the survey. Interesting.

First, remember the old saying:

There are lies, damned lies and there are statistics.

This is representative only of the members who frequent this BBS. That said, I think we need to get a few more young people started in the trade. Charlie Coghill made a comment on the survey that the people in the older bracket are probably under-represented because they don't want to or know how to use a computer. I agree with that. I can't see the same excuse for young people.

BTW, there were exactly 99 respondents including myself. I threw in my wife's numbers as well to make it an even 100. That makes percentage calculations unnecessary.

I may crunch the numbers even more but here are some results:

Average age: 48.3

Median age: 49 (Half the respondents are older than this)

Youngest: 16

Oldest: 72

30 years old or younger: only 9%

Over 30: 91%

Average age first modified metal: 10.9

This next one is suprising to me.

Number who got up in the night to machine: 54, that is 54%

Number who have machined as primary income: 46, 46%

On the decade graph you may take the numbers on the bars as percent and actual number of respondents.

http://vts.bc.ca/img/agebydecade.gif

http://vts.bc.ca/img/agebyyear.gif

[This message has been edited by Evan (edited 11-28-2003).]

First, remember the old saying:

There are lies, damned lies and there are statistics.

This is representative only of the members who frequent this BBS. That said, I think we need to get a few more young people started in the trade. Charlie Coghill made a comment on the survey that the people in the older bracket are probably under-represented because they don't want to or know how to use a computer. I agree with that. I can't see the same excuse for young people.

BTW, there were exactly 99 respondents including myself. I threw in my wife's numbers as well to make it an even 100. That makes percentage calculations unnecessary.

I may crunch the numbers even more but here are some results:

Average age: 48.3

Median age: 49 (Half the respondents are older than this)

Youngest: 16

Oldest: 72

30 years old or younger: only 9%

Over 30: 91%

Average age first modified metal: 10.9

This next one is suprising to me.

Number who got up in the night to machine: 54, that is 54%

Number who have machined as primary income: 46, 46%

On the decade graph you may take the numbers on the bars as percent and actual number of respondents.

http://vts.bc.ca/img/agebydecade.gif

http://vts.bc.ca/img/agebyyear.gif

[This message has been edited by Evan (edited 11-28-2003).]