The United States is facing a serious problem with its demeaning attitude toward labor - good old fashioned "work" as a career. I've been writing about the area where this is most serious which is the myopic focus in schools on college-for-all. As the nation faces a serious shortage of skilled labor - four million jobs by some counts - millions of young people are steered toward college as the key to "a better job." However, most people don't need a bachelor degree for work that is meaningful and lucrative. As the nation lacks welders and electricians, we are putting out too many people with general education degrees.
By the way, a great read on the value of labor is Shopcraft as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford. This is an excellent reflection on work, and is well worth the read.