Here is a partial list of skill sets that would be needed to survive for any long period of time after a real SHTF event. This is not a Machiavelian mindset, but a practical list of of what is needed in a group. Trust, honesty, work ethic, stable emotional state etc., are important, but considered "solid" for this discussion. Medical (Nurse, PA, or DOC). EMT-B at the least. Chemist / Science. Must know how to make basic items (aspirin etc.) Leather craft. Shoe/boot, saddle repair Gunsmith. Farm/agro/mastergardener Dentist Plumber Electrician. Mechanic (diesel and gas engines) As I look at my close group and even the extended group that may consolidate, I notice many insurance, accounting, secretary, clerical folks. That makes me nervous. Thoughts?