Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Telephone_operators_1952As the saying goes – change is inevitable. People entering the job market during the past 10 years are adapting to the addition of new types of work. Who would have thought that a person could make a living hosting a YouTube channel, being an Instagram influencer, or moderating social media content? Just like past changes in employment, new types of jobs are created to replace those being eliminated. We no longer need switchboard operators and it won’t be long when the job of a toll booth collector will be gone as well. When was the last time a worker collected your parking fee you when exiting a ramp?

Here are a few of the new job types that have been created in the last 10 years:

  • Cryptocurrency
  • App Developer
  • Uber Driver
  • Social Media Manager
  • User Experience Designers (UX/UI)
  • Drone Operator
  • Podcast Producer
  • Driverless Car Engineer
  • Cannabis Industry
  • Zumba Instructor

Education Programs Often Lag

As is often the case there is a lag time between education and new industries. Schools are always trying to stay current in their offerings, but it is not easy to do when technology leaps ahead. Many of the new jobs are related to digital media and the internet. Older workers reentering the job force can find it difficult to enter these fields.

For more about this topic, read Gabbi Shaw’s article for Insider.com – 15 Popular Jobs That Didn’t Even Exist 20 Years Ago.

Here are two articles from our Blog that look at the future of work:

Automation at the Checkout Counter

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Back to School

Kids Need School Supplies

Back to school sales have already started! Parents across the country are checking the lists provided by schools and heading out to make sure their kids have what they need.

I remember fondly sending my kids off to school with new backpacks loaded with pencils, paper, erasers, notebooks, and more. These days parents are also asked to send classroom supplies like paper towels, wet wipes, dry erase markers, Kleenex and other general supplies. For families with multiple children needing supplies, the cost can really add up.

Kids in Need Foundation

Fortunately, there are organizations working to make sure every kid goes back to school with the supplies they need. One such group is The Kids in Need Foundation whose mission is:

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

This organization helps local groups organize backpack filling and distribution all around the U.S. They are now in their 23rd year and have given over 1 billion dollars in supplies to kids in need!

Consider making a donation to Kids in Need or working locally to help make sure every child goes back to school with the supplies they need!

Low Unemployment Rates Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Low Unemployment Graphic

Unemployment is at record lows and in some locations, employers are having a difficult time finding workers. No one wants to go back in time to the days after the 2008 recession when unemployment was high, but there is more to the story than the official number put out by the government.

Unemployment statistics do not show if people are working full- or part-time or how much the jobs are paying. Nor do they account for people who have left the workforce and are no longer looking for work.

How Does the Government Determine Unemployment Rates?

The U. S. Government Census Bureau conducts a monthly survey of 60,000 households.

Each month, highly trained and experienced Census Bureau employees contact the 60,000 eligible sample households and ask about the labor force activities (jobholding and job seeking) or non-labor force status of the members of these households during the survey reference week (usually the week that includes the 12th of the month). bls.gov

Here is who is counted as employed by the survey according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

People are considered employed if they did any work at all for pay or profit during the survey reference week. This includes all part-time and temporary work, as well as regular full-time, year-round employment. bls.gov

Taking this information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics into consideration, it becomes clear that the unemployment rate is a useful figure, but it does not tell the whole story. Interestingly, even with historically low unemployment rates, pay for many workers is rising very little or not at all. If you take a look at the types of jobs being created, the average pay, and the number of hours people are working, you will start to get a better understanding of the employment picture.

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