Everybody in our generation has at one point or another dreamed of being a Pokemon trainer. Last night as I was going to bed, I was thinking about how viable of a profession that would really be. Let’s just say it would be another one of those professions where everything you know about it is from watching A&E.
First off let’s assume it’s a semi-competitive field already as almost everything is during our modern recession. Next, a person can acquire their Pokemon Trainer’s License at the age of 10 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Trainer). So if we compare Pokemon Training to a sport or music or maybe even art, you’re going to have to start doing it as early as possible to be competitive. Basically, waiting until after you graduate high school will set you too far behind. So at about 12, you will have to decide between your education and Pokemon training. This is the main reason being a Pokemon Trainer would be at least as rare as being a professional musician, athlete, or artist.
Next issue is the start up costs. You have to travel and collect pokemon and train yours. The largest costs are going to be time and travel, when you have a lot of Pokemon and you need a place to store them, and taking your primary pokemon to a hospital for care after EVERY SINGLE BATTLE.
AND then there’s your profession. You most likely only make money through official competitions. But in order to enter competitions you have to earn some of the 8 gym badges. Each one of those is going to come with a heavy price tag and time. Just by earning those doesn’t even mean you’re going to win the competitions.
In summary, being a Pokemon trainer would have too many start up costs and be too stressful to ever be a legitimate or enjoyable career.