Print Although the majority of immigrants came from rural places in Europe, once they got to America they ended up living in urban centers such as New York and Chicago. Furthermore, unlike earlier immigrants from Western Europe, people who came to America during the Industrial Revolution normally did not go into farming. Instead, they went to work in factories, and within a few years, created the new industrial working class of America.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, June The term blue collar was first used in reference to trades jobs inin an Alden, Iowa newspaper. Historically the popularity of the color blue among manual laborers contrasts with the popularity of white dress shirts worn by people in office environments.
However, this distinction has become blurred with the increasing importance of skilled laborand the relative increase in low-paying white-collar jobs.
Workers constructing a photovoltaic system. Since many blue-collar jobs consist of mainly manual labor, educational requirements for workers are typically lower than those of white-collar workers.
Often, only a high school diploma is required, and many of the skills required for blue-collar jobs will be learned by the employee while working. In higher level jobs, vocational training or apprenticeships may be required, and for workers such as electricians and plumbers, state-certification is also necessary.
Deindustrialization With the information revolutionWestern nations have moved towards a service and white collar economy. Many manufacturing jobs have been offshored to developing nations which pay their workers lower wages.
This offshoring has pushed formerly agrarian nations to industrialized economies and concurrently decreased the number of blue-collar jobs in developed countries. In the United Statesblue collar and service occupations generally refer to jobs in precision production, craft, and repair occupations; machine operators and inspectors; transportation and moving occupations; handlers, equipment cleaners, helpers, and laborers.
In the United States an area known as the Rust Belt comprising the Northeast and Midwestincluding Western New York and Western Pennsylvaniahas seen its once large manufacturing base shrink significantly. LouisMissourihave experienced a steady decline of the blue-collar workforce and subsequent population decreases.
Due to this economic osmosis, the rust belt has experienced high unemployment, poverty, and urban blight. Automation and future[ edit ] U. Navy sailors load a cargo container onto a container ship. Due to many blue-collar jobs involving manual labor and relatively unskilled workers, automation poses a threat of unemployment for blue-collar workers.
Some examples of technology that threaten workers are self-driving cars and automated cleaning devices, which could place blue-collar workers such as truck drivers or janitors out of work.
Some foresee computer coding as becoming the blue-collar job of the future. Proponents of this idea view coding as a skill that can be learned through vocational training, and suggest that more coders will be needed in a technologically advancing world.
Such jobs would consist of data-tagging and labeling.
Electoral politics[ edit ] Blue-collar workers have played a large role in electoral politics. This was the largest margin of victory amongst this group of voters for any presidential candidate since Founded in , University of California Press, Journals and Digital Publishing Division, disseminates scholarship of enduring value.
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Whether a company acts ethically is a significant factor in the average American's willingness to work for an employer, according to independent research released August 7 by LRN, a leading provider of governance, ethics and compliance management applications and services.
But this hardworking "ethic" does not exist amongst Mexicans who acquire their jobs legally: men who, being accustomed to the many privileges of a hard-won American heritage, a heritage which few of them appreciate, and which fewer defend, work in a so-called normal blue-collar job.
US History Chapter STUDY. PLAY "Affluent Society" - first time in American history when white-collar workers outnumbered blue-collar factory and manual laborers - White Collar→ a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work - the Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and.
Drawing upon his experiences as a veteran longshoreman and fruit tramp, Reg Theriault, author of "The Unmaking of the American Working Class", accurately describes the blue-collar culture and ethics that have defined America, and it explains why they are worth preserving in today's society.5/5(4).
Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America) is an industrial powerhouse.
both blue-collar and white-collar. I have an equal responsibility to the community. Based on everything that the wizard class of Quora has written, it seem obvious that the most ethical US corporation has to be Monsanto.