There was a show on the ABC the other week about the lack of professional beekeepers in Australia. We import them from the Philipines like mangos it seems!
Didnt give any details on the wages but showed some young guys in a beekeeping family who plan to take it up for a living for the great outdors and the freedom. Said no one will take it up as its no good for a family.
Mentioned how its a dying trade and the way things are going our farmers are gunna have to start PAYING beekeepers to put hives near their crops. Said if we stay at this rate of hives Australia can kiss goodbye its fruit and vegie and nut farmers.
Im gunna find out a bit more, sounds like it could be good work.
Actually farmers who have crops that benefit from bees, and most crops do, should pay for someone to take the trouble and expense required to keep bees. IMO.
There is a definate up-side in crop yield that should pay off more than the cost of having a pollination service provided.
Plus the bees would be there in large numbers versus having random natural bees.