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The 'gray collar' career challenge

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October 22, 2014

By Frank F. Britt,
Chief Executive Officer, Penn Foster

In the midst of a changing employment market there is a new class of jobs emerging—occupations with solid job growth and earnings potential. We call these “grey collar” jobs and at their core they are more skilled occupations than, say, garbage pickup or construction (and absolutely no disrespect to those jobs)—but less technologically advanced than being, say, an engineer at Google.

The 21st-century gray collar worker combines hands-on practical skills with selective white collar technical capabilities. We're seeing this in manufacturing, in particular. Currently, we are experiencing the positive trend of manufacturing coming back to the U.S. from China (in part because energy independence is making it less expensive to build a product in the U.S.). This is something we have wanted to happen for years—think of the rallying cry of "Made in the U.S."

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