Monday, November 19, 2012

$100K Jobs Available - Skilled Labor

Continuing on with Marc Tucker's points about highly paid skilled labor, the job market continues to hunt for skilled workers even amidst high and stagnant unemployment.  The problem is few people are either trained or willing to do the jobs available.  The auto industry is looking for thousands of highly skilled mechanics and will need hundreds of thousands in coming years.  These are not your old garage jobs that required a few hours of tinkering around in shop class - these jobs pay comfortable middle class wages, with some workers hitting six figures.  Additionally, the transportation industry is facing a shortage of big rig drivers who can also command high salaries.  A generation of retiring workers and a growing industry needs skilled people.  The problem, of course, is training for many prospective workers.  And that's something European and Asian countries do much better than we.

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