Most of us have heard of blue-collar workers and white-collar workers, but have you heard of new-collar workers? In our new era of job classification, a new classification of professional has emerged.
Let's start with what a new-collar job actually is, according to an article written by Margaret Rouse, "new-collar jobs are occupations which focus more on candidates skills rather than his or her education level." Margaret Rouse continues to explain that the term "new-collar" was coined by the IBM CEO Ginney Rometty to which IBM spearheaded the movement for new-collar jobs.
New-collar occupations include skills not necessarily related to a four-year degree, but mostly vocational skills anywhere from specified certifications or even high school technical training. Many companies have changed their focus on targeting a skills based hiring approach due to an increasing demand for skilled based workers.
"The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting a shortfall of over 2 million skilled workers by 2020," says Scholley Bubenik in a article from Forbes. There has been a major shift in what employers are seeking for when filling these positions, they are not placing focus on education itself, but rather focusing "technical and soft skills." Here is what I found surprising, some of these new collar jobs have an average salary range between $67,00-$110,000 a year. These companies are investing in new-collar workers as a necessary asset to there organizations.
If this new classification is new to you, or perhaps you want to transition from blue/white-collar to new-collar, you now know that this transition can be into a much more favorable salary, and career that you can be passionate about. So many people remain in occupations that they do not like, or have a degree in a particular field but not actually working in their field of study. People usually stay in their undesired occupations due to a fear-based thought process, creating stress, pressure, fatigue, lack of passion, depression, and feeling completely unmotivated; if this sounds like you or someone you know, value your worth, and take that courageous leap toward a passionately driven life.
As our technical world continues to advance, I think it is fair to say that we are going to see a rise in new-collar occupations, and change in the societal norm. If your curios as to what some of these new-collar occupations are, click on this Zip Recruiter link, this is just a short list, but with the rise in artificial intelligence, and other technical jobs, these lists will grow.
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Jeff Saal CPC, ELI-MP
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