What kind of jobs in 2020?

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday released its predictions for what jobs will see the biggest growth – and the biggest declines – between 2010 and 2020.

Overall, government analysts expect employment to grow show growth of 14.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, meaning 20.5 million new jobs will be added.”

WOW!  That means that we’ll be adding over 2 million jobs per year!

Wait a minute……we have added only 3.1 million new jobs since 2010.  That leaves us with needing to create 17,400,000 over the next 8 years.  That’s only 2,175,000 new jobs a year over the next 8 years.  Surely we can pull that off right?

And what kind of jobs will they be?

Here you go:

the largest job growth by 2020:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Office Clerks, General
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  • Childcare Workers
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Cashiers
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Hell yeah!  Mostly just the kind of low wage work that corporate Amerika wants us to have.  Poor people are docile people, at least here.

What this list really tells me is that despite our vaunted pitch that education will set you free, very few of these jobs require much more than the basic minimum.  Yet how many college-educated young people will fill these jobs – most of which don’t really need a college education?  Don’t you notice the basic mismatch between what we are saying – go to college! – and what kinds of jobs will be waiting for you when you get done?


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