I'm at 450 skinning, and I have been for a while, now. I'm actually getting kinda tired of it, and was thinking of picking up something else, but I'm not sure which.
My other profession is enchanting (which is only 350, but I'm gonna suck it up and keep leveling it).
Any thoughts on what may becoming valuable (or more valuable) come 3.2?
Not wanting to be mean guy, but that's pretty much the same as asking what class you should roll. It's 100% subjective, and the main thing to think about is that unless you're making a substantial income from (dis)enchanting + dailies, anything other than another gathering profession or tailoring is going to cost you a fortune to skill up and a fortune to maintain. If you've got other alts in Northrend with other gathering professions, that gives you some leeway. Other than that, pretty much every profession is going to require ore and/or leather and/or herbs and if you're placing yourself at the mercy of the auction house to supply it, it's likely to be painful. (I notice Isyris is happy leveling engineering without a miner and you'd pretty much have to duplicate her attitude. She's leveling it because she's always wanted to...you've asked about what is going to be valuable.)
For me, skinning is valuable on my shaman because crit rating is nice. (EJ classed the crit rating boost from master of anatomy as a statistical outlier for the purpose of calculating max theoretical enh. shammy dps XD). JC is valuable on my shaman (and my warrior :P) because prospecting my own gems is fawking sweet. But the same goes for leatherworking (leg kits), blacksmithing (belt buckles), enchanting, inscription, and even tailoring. For me, value is in realizing i need something for one of my toons and being able to hop to an alt and make it (or ship it over from the bank because I already had some in stock :P) instead of having to run off to the auction house and buy it. Value is being able to gather base materials whenever I need them and the only "cost" to me is time. There are times when I'm quite happy to just fly around on my pally nabbing crystallized bits from gas clouds and mining every node I pass by. I then bank those things and whenever I need ore to make something or prospect or eternals for whatever reason..huzzah! They're there!
To me, value in a profession comes from that feeling of relief to know that you can make it yourself without denting your gold reserves. It doesn't matter what profession you pick or why, if you pick it based on the hopes that it's going to provide a stable income, all it takes is a half dozen or so people out of the thousands
of players on your realm to get the same idea and undercut your gravy train into the ground.
Consequently, there is no answer to your question. Instead, I simply offer
That is all. Edited, Aug 4th 2009 9:43am by AureliusSir