Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Jobs that blow?

Here is MSN's list of the top 25 jobs of 2006 (with jargon intact):

1) Retail salesperson
2) Registered Nurse
3) Postsecondary teacher
4) Customer-service rep
5) Janitor or cleaner
6) Waiter/Waitress
7) Combination food-preparation and service worker
8) Home health aide
9) Nursing aide, orderly, attendant
10) General and operations manager
11) Personal and Home Care Aide
12) Elementary School Teacher
13) Accountant and Auditor
14) Office Clerk
15) Hand Laborer and freight, stock and material mover
16) Receptionist and Information Clerk
17) Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker
18) Truck Driver, Heavy and Tractor Trailer
19) Computer Applications Software Engineer
20) Maintenance and Repair Worker
21) Medical Assistant
22) Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant
23) Sales Representative, Wholesale and Manufacturing
24) Carpenter
25) Teacher Assistant

According to MSN, "These 25 occupations account for 8 million new jobs and about 40 percent of total job growth over the next decade." This (frightening) info was compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of these enticing options:
--Only one requires a graduate degree;
--Four require a bachelor's degree;
--Two require an associate degree or "postsecondary vocational award";
--One requires long-term job training;
--Six need moderate-term job training;
--And 11, short-term job training ("Can you operate a lawn mower? You're hired!")

What strikes me most about the list is its dismal salary distribution. There are only six jobs over $50,000, but 14 under $30,000 (and 11 of those are under $23,000). How can 11 of the top 25 jobs not even pay a living wage? What a devastating testament to today's job market!

This reminds me of one job engine which, when I input "Lafayette, LA," led off its top-10 list with an open position at Wendy's. But generally, local searching pretty much reflects what's up above. Except that there are a lot more work-at-home "opportunities." How did that not make the list?

This is not to demean any of the hard-working people who do any of these jobs; hell, I've done several myself, and they can be very rewarding. Not to mention that the work is immensely valuable on all fronts. But how can anyone be inspired to finish school or reach high if these positions are the pinnacle of what's available? It hardly makes it worth the effort.

You read it here, kids: most of the most sought-after jobs in 2006 are the same jobs that put you through college (or got you baseball-card money back in the day). So save yourself a ton of college debt!

Please. Somebody tell me I'm wrong.


Nick said...

Actually, my first job out of college offered about 32k per year, just a bit over the 30k line you drew. I made 130/day on my work. Now you know way I left the economy of consistant demoract state leadership of Louisiana for a company out of Texas. I went from 130/day to 255/day. Duh. Where am I going to go with those offers?

Ian McGibboney said...

Might I remind you that uber-Republican Mike Foster was governor for eight years? He was the relentlessly pro-business one, and we floundered under him as much as we are now under Blanco and just like we wre with Edwin Edwards before either of them. Why? Because we're Louisiana. We might have great food and festivals, but we don't pay 95 percent of our workforce what they're worth. Nice to see that mentality spreading nationwide.

Nick said...

Dude, I'm not going to argue with you about Mike Foster. My dad opted not to vote in that runoff. Foster was no conservative.

Nick said...

Foster was probably one of the biggest wastes of conservative votes our state has ever seen. I wasn't old enough to vote. My dad and mom sat home. I still told them that was un-American b/c of the democracy that our soldiers have fought for, but I was also an arrogant teenager in their eyes.

Foster was just as much a crappy leader as Blanco. Our state deserves better and I pray for the day that our citizens actually vote for better.

And again, you and I are both anti-NAFTA. As far as local and maybe state elections are concerned, maybe we should try to join alliances. I want politicians in office who will protect our local farmers and fisherman.

ashley said...

And in worst jobs, crack whore is second once again to assistant crack whore.

Phillip said...

I know Landrieu voted against CAFTA but did Vitter? I want to say he did but I'm not sure.

Ian McGibboney said...

Nick: Foster may not have served GOP interests, but neither was he a liberal's friend. Actually, I recall him serving the right quite well until the end, when he just started pissing everyone off.

Ashley: Thank you for addressing the topic of the post! That seems to be a rarity these days.

Phizz: I'm not sure, and it's a moot point anyway. If Vitter did a complete 180 at this very moment, I still wouldn't like him.

Nick said...

Vitter, from what I recall, did vote against CAFTA.

Louisiana Reps. who voted for it:
William Jefferson (D)
Rodney Alexander (R)
Richard Baker (R)

Hopefully all three of them will be voted out first chance their constituents get.

Neil Shakespeare said...

See, it's jus' like I tole ya, Ma. It don't seem much sense for the young 'uns to be goin' t' college.

Anonymous said...

i dont think we will have to worry about jefferson. he's going to end up in the pokey