Blue-collar workers make the leap to tech jobs, no college degree needed

As the job market reorganizes, more Americans are moving from blue-collar jobs and hourly work to “new-collar” roles that often involve tech skills and come with better wages and hours.

More than a tenth of Americans in low-paying positions in warehouses, manufacturing, hospitality and other hourly jobs have made such a shift in the past two years, according to new research by Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm that surveyed 80,000 workers worldwide. between August 2020 and March 2022. Many of the new jobs are in software and information technology, as well as technology-related roles in logistics, finance, and healthcare. New data from the Current Population Survey and LinkedIn also suggests the pandemic has helped propel more workers into more mobile careers.


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