Work and unemployment in this country are constantly in the news. Here are three central ideas that are not in the news that you should be thinking about.
1. Some of the unemployment is a direct result of structural changes in the workforce, caused directly and indirectly by the march of technology. Their affects will be long-term, i.e. they will last longer than the current business cycle:
- Transportation and communication have improved. It is now feasible to hire lower paid workers overseas.
- Computers easily transmit information from the top to the bottom of a business and vice versa. Therefore, businesses need fewer middle managers.
- Robots and other machines can do some of the work instead of people.
- Human creativity, in general, results in getting the work done with fewer people.
2. There are and will always be jobs available. Some require technical training; some jobs support other more highly trained specialists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, as listed in the AARP Bulletin, July-August 2011, says that the jobs in highest demand will be:
- Medical and Healthcare: aide, both home health and home care; medical assistant; skin-care specialist; dental assistant and hygienist; veterinarian technician; physical therapist assistant and aide; skin-care specialist; biomedical engineer.
- Technical: computer software engineer; network systems and communications analyst.
- Financial: compliance officer; financial examiner.
3. The leading edge of baby boomers has not yet retired. They are behind schedule, because in general they have not been good savers and their investments have fallen with the market decline in 2007 - 2009. Eventually, they will retire, and there will not be enough younger workers to replace them. There will then be a substantial shortage of trained workers.
Perhaps you are thinking of changing jobs or careers. Maybe you are thinking of an encore career where you can give back to your community and still be paid. Or you may have children or grandchildren who are looking for work. Even in these times of high unemployment there are many opportunities. When times are tough like now, you should do your research and get more creative in your job strategy.
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