Changing Jobs

Often one hears about people and their jobs – that we need to keep the same people employed doing the same things they did last decade.

Car industry and manufacturing come to mind.

But here is an interesting graphic – the changing demographics of jobs.

The number of different jobs people do today vs. a hundred years ago.

This graphic should end the debate about “keeping” jobs –  we need to adapt to newer and more varied jobs!


4 Responses to “Changing Jobs”

  1. Birdman Says:

    Black Flag:

    Can you get your links to work? I have to cut and paste the address in my browser.

    I’ll try to figure it out 🙂 I’m new at this …

  2. Birdman Says:

    Good graph. I understand that jobs change. I have heard since the 1970’s that we are moving from a manufacturing economy to a service economy.

    In any economy, we have to make a product or provide a service and hopefully make a profit in the process. If steel is cheaper to buy overseas then we buy it overseas which is good for the consumer. If cars are cheaper in non-union plants then we buy if from non-union plants which is cheaper for the consumer. These jobs go away.

    What I eventually see happening is that most manufacturing jobs will go overseas. It’s cheaper and those manufactuers don’t have all the BS that the U.S. imposes. There is only so much service work that can fill the employment gap. We are going to see higher and higher unemployment. What will change this? I don’t want to see tarriffs applied or anything like that.

    As our unemployment rises, we will buy less Chinese goods and focus on bare necessities. That will impact China unless Chinese internal demand picks up and they no longer run an export economy.

    I’m rambling but does the U.S. have to take a major hit on our standard of living to get things back on track? Do all workers need to take a massive pay cut?

    • Black Flag Says:


      Try to avoid “planning the future” – it will not go the way you think it will.

      Yes, we are losing manufacturing jobs to other – poorer remember – countries. This is a good thing – they need to enjoy the richness of life like we do too. This is a good way for them to earn it

      We are moving into more ‘thinking’ work – computers for example. We are working more on “how to do things better” than “doing the things”. We can use our abundance to figure out better ways and then sell those better ways to others.

      Who figured out better farming? Manufacturing? Design? Discovery?

      We’ll be fine – in fact rich – that way, and so will the rest of the world too.

      Yes – be prepared that all workers will see a serious drop in standard of living. (Note the word prepare….)

      That means, develop another path of income concurrently with your main job. Learn the gray market in your area – what can you -personally- supply to the economy that surrounds you 100 miles circle? If it is nothing much, what does the local economy need? Find that then learn it!

      It takes 1,000 hours to be competent at something – another 5,000 to be a proficient, another 10,000 to be a master.

      But use Pareto’s law and work on the first 80% of that – the first 1,000 hrs. will provide you 80% of your needs. You can live off being competent.

  3. Judy Sabatini Says:

    All I know is, that here in Reno, joblessness has jumped up yo 12.4%. I’m looking, but still haven’t found one yet. No Call backs, but haven’t given up.

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