Will conservation suffer the same fate as the kimono industry of Amami Oshima?

In his February 10, 2015 article on the dying art of kimono production on the island of Amami Oshima, Japan (“Old Ways Prove Hard to Shed, Even as Crisis Hits Kimono Trade”, The New York Times),  Martin Fackler describes in detail the labor intensive steps of that  craft. This is very helpful in explaining to the public why such garments sell for more than $3,000 apiece.  He notes that the people who create them make less money than fishermen, farmers and loggers and that few young people now choose to study the techniques.
As salaries for conservators fail to keep up with the increasing cost of living, how soon might we read in the general press about a  situation where there are few people who wish to put in the time, effort and expense to become conservators when there are better paying careers which require much less in the way of preparation?