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Manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back to America any more than agriculture jobs are. It may not be pleasant but it is true. Trade tariffs aren’t going to change these facts.

It isn’t wise to deceive Americans. We should face up to it move to our future reality. Now would be the time to prepare rather than hide our heads in the sand.

Below is more from Axios: Most manufacturing jobs are dead ends, study finds

The rise of automation is hurting middle-skills jobs — those that require some training beyond a high school degree but not a bachelor’s degree.

The bottom line: Not all middle-skills jobs are created equal. Some entry-level positions — human resources assistant or computer support specialist — are full of opportunities for advancement and a middle class lifestyle. In other sectors, like manufacturing, 62% of these jobs are dead ends, per a new report by JFF and Burning Glass Technologies provided exclusively to Axios.

What’s happening: Technology is rapidly changing the nature of middle-skills jobs, and employers, educators and policymakers are still playing catch-up, Manjari Raman, program director of Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work, tells Axios. Those with high school diplomas and a vocational or associates degree should be well-equipped to do middle-skills jobs, but curriculums have not kept up with tech trends, she says.

By the numbers:

  • Researchers analyzed 4 million resumes of middle-skills workers with at least five years of experience and divided jobs into three categories: 1) lifetime jobs, which don’t offer opportunities for advancement but remain sustainable sources of income 2) springboard jobs, which have pathways for promotions, and 3) static jobs, typically lower-paying positions with high turnover that don’t often lead to careers.
  • In the health care sector, researchers found that 5% of jobs were springboards and 55% were static.
  • In business, 80% were springboards and just 1% were static.
  • In information technology, 84% and 0%.
  • In manufacturing, 0% of jobs were career springboards and 62% were static.

What this means: A dental hygienist works in a lifetime job, while a manufacturing inspector’s job is static. Neither have much scope for advancement, but the dental hygienist has career longevity.

  • 77% of dental hygienists’ jobs were stable, though only 1% had room for advancement, researchers found. Median wage for these jobs was $34.77.
  • 39% of inspector’s jobs were stable, and only 2% advanced from those jobs. Median wage for these jobs was $17.31.

Some good news: 37% of the middle-skills workforce is in business and IT, where there’s ample opportunity for advancement.

Be smart: Manufacturing has been hit the hardest due to automation, “but I can’t think of a single job that hasn’t been impacted,” Raman says. Whether you’re unloading goods at Walmart or working at a travel agency, “everyone is interfacing with technology and expected to do more than their parents and grandparents did in the same jobs.”

Source: Most manufacturing jobs are dead ends, study finds – Axios

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