It’s no surprise that with the rise of technology comes the end of many blue-collar jobs. Everyday jobs, like working an assembly line in a factory, are being replaced by computers. However, with the rise of computer-directed jobs come with a new category in the job field. Instead of calling these jobs white collar or blue collar, the term “new collar jobs” is being used to describe them.
These new jobs require a form of specialized education, but not an education that is needed from a four year university. The need for these jobs is so extreme that many companies are educating their own employees and partnering with small technical schools to increase the number of program and computer programmers that work for them. These new technological focused jobs could fill the millennial issue of college graduates not finding jobs.
While these old jobs may have been seen as blue-collar, companies are working to re-brand the positions. Many of these new positions start out at around $50,000 a year, a much higher number than what the typical four year university graduate makes right after receiving their degree. If a person continues at the job, they could be making over $100,000 a year.
Thankfully, these new collar jobs come in all different forms. The largest job recruiting websites have seen an increase of 45% of job postings that require a technical certificate over a college degree. These jobs can range from electrical technicians to computer programmers to web designers. Delta Airlines and IBM have partnered with local high schools to provide programs that give children the technical skills and the associate degree in the field that these jobs require. Big companies are taking note, and participating in one of these programs helps improve the chances of securing a high-paying job without the need for a four year degree.