Does skating have a career path?

It doesn't look good to me. From what I can see, skating leads to only a few open doors: professional skating (Stars on Ice, Disney on Ice, etc), coaching, and commentating. None of which seem particularly lucrative in most cases. Some of the top coaches seem to do ok. I suppose if your skater turns in a gold medal performance at the Olympics, she might be able to cash in on some endorsements and some champions parlay their fame into speaking engagements, but the reality from what I can see is that skating costs a truck-load of money and doesn't lead to any lucrative jobs at the end. Or at least, not for the majority of skaters. Don't do it for the money. Do it for the love of skating and seeing your kid learn, struggle, set goals and achieve.