Tag: blue collar jobs

  • Country Star Chris Young Talks About His Old 'Day Job' Installing AC Units

    Country Star Chris Young Talks About His Old 'Day Job' Installing AC Units

    Chris Young erupted onto the country music scene in the last two years with four straight No. 1's. He writes his own songs, and croons them with the soulful, trembling timber of someone with a lot of scars and stories. You'd never know he's 26 years old. But at 26, Young's old enough to have tried his hand... Continue Reading

  • John Ratzenberger On Why We're Becoming A Third World Country

    John Ratzenberger On Why We're Becoming A Third World Country

    He gained fame by playing the wiseguy postal worker. But John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on the NBC sitcom "Cheers," is nothing but serious now. The actor has found a second career as a social activist. His cause is America's skilled workers. He has advocated for them in documentaries like... Continue Reading

  • The Future Of The Skilled Workforce In America

    The Future Of The Skilled Workforce In America

    We talked to experts, workers and the unemployed to get a deeper look into the future of the skilled labor workforce and its impact on the economy and job creation. Continue Reading

  • Hiring Now: Trucking Companies

    Hiring Now: Trucking Companies

    Curious what truck drivers earn in different parts of the country? Salaries generally range from $40,000 to $68,000, and specialty drivers can earn as much as $84,000. The earnings for drivers in Mississippi are at the top of the range, even though the average household income for the state is only $36,650... Continue Reading

  • Dirty Jobs/Open Jobs: One Third in Trades Retiring

    Dirty Jobs/Open Jobs: One Third in Trades Retiring

    The dirty job is one with openings. So, listen up about these well-paying, secure positions in the skilled trades, ranging from utility linesperson to plumber. About a third of those in dirty jobs are older than 50, says Mike Rowe host of 'Dirty Jobs,' on Discovery. Because the work is hard and the tradespeople... Continue Reading

  • Over 5,000 Janitors Have Doctoral Degrees

    Over 5,000 Janitors Have Doctoral Degrees

    Over 5,000 janitors have doctoral degrees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those overqualified janitors have plenty of company in making their living at jobs which do not require higher education. In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Richard Vedder provides detailed statistics on about 17 million... Continue Reading

  • Stay Fit While You Earn: 5 Best-Paid, Physically Demanding Jobs

    Stay Fit While You Earn: 5 Best-Paid, Physically Demanding Jobs

    By Carol Tice If you're tired of desk jobs that leave you no time to work out, consider switching to a career where you buff up on the job instead of getting flabby. While labor-saving devices have made many jobs easier – think logging and the invention of the chainsaw – there are still plenty of... Continue Reading

  • Blue Collar Jobs in Demand for 2010

    Blue Collar Jobs in Demand for 2010

    Ready for a career change but dread getting another desk job? Then how about trying your hand at, well, working with your hands? "There is a blue collar renaissance going on right now," says Joe Lamacchia, author of Blue Collar and Proud of It: The All-in-One-Resource for Finding Freedom, Financial Success, and... Continue Reading

  • Dirty Jobs (And the Workers Who Take Them On)

    Dirty Jobs (And the Workers Who Take Them On)

    CareerBuilder.com According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the retail sector and in the corporate world make up some of the most popular jobs in America. If you're in a sea of cubicles, the biggest "dirty job" you may encounter is changing the ink on the printer. But there are hundreds of tough... Continue Reading