By Justin Pope
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb. Read More »
By Alan Fram
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney is faltering with white working-class voters crucial to his party's drive to capture the White House, even as he tries to fend off a rising GOP challenger, Rick Santorum, who wields strong blue-collar appeal. Read More »
The "working class" usually conjures the image of a low-wage laborer, who never got a college degree, doesn't sit in a cubicle, and doesn't wear a suit. He is also a "he," and a white one too, just like his male proletarian forebears. But racial minorities make up an ever greater percentage of this group. In... Read More »
"Talking to you right now," says Daniel Lehmkuhl (pictured with Aneesh Chopra, chief technology officer of the United States). "I never thought this would happen."
When Lehmkuhl decided as a child that he wanted to go into automotive technology, he never expected to one day get the attention of the national... Read More »
By Beth Braccio Hering
Imagine a 1950s auto mechanic stepping into a modern repair shop. While some familiar hand tools would remain, the worker would be stunned by the sophisticated diagnostic equipment needed to work on ordinary cars equipped with computers and electronic components.
The mechanic's high... Read More »
If you've been working in the warehouse and industrial environments long enough, you may have been promoted to supervisor or manager. This leads to the inevitable question -- how do you best represent your leadership talents on a resume?
Always look for opportunities to quantify your experiences, by percentages... Read More »
There's always been a rivalry between the blue-collar and white-collar workers of the world. Which ones have better job opportunities? Which are better paid? And more recently, whose wages are recovering faster, post-recession?
Certainly, both blue- and white-collar workers saw wages plummet during the... Read More »
Larry Pittman is one reality star you love to watch on TV, but would never want to meet in person. If he's ringing your doorbell, it's not to bring you good news. More likely it's to repossess your car, boat or jet ski. Although people run the other way when they see the star of 'Repossessed!' coming, Pittman... Read More »
The middle school hierarchy is simple. Principal, vice principal, teacher, librarian, teacher's aide, custodian.
And you might imagine that higher pay goes along with more authority. The principal makes more than a vice principal, a teacher more than a librarian and then there's the crusty old custodian. It's... Read More »
Dr. Al Lee. Ph.D, Director of Quantitative Analysis
Billionaire media mogul David Geffen went from high school graduate to talent agent assistant, talent agent, owner of two record companies (Asylum and Geffen Records), and later, to co-founding DreamWorks movie studio with fellow non-college attendee Jeffrey... Read More »
What do Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and entertainment mogul David Geffen have in common? Huge bank accounts and no student loans. These industry leaders are some of the most successful people in business and none of them has a college degree.
The belief that you need a college... Read More »
Blue collar workers tend to get a bad rap. Often unfairly associated with poor education and minimal abilities, most occupations that are classified as "blue collar" actually involve specialized skills, extensive training and technical know-how.
Unfortunately, the job market for these... Read More »
Often, while perusing the job postings, you'll see listed under the requirements section wording such as "Bachelor's degree or equivalent." Does this mean that those without a degree need not apply? Not necessarily.
Although many corporate cultures require that their employees have degrees regardless... Read More »
"Earn thousands of dollars per week working part-time! No experience necessary!" the job posting title blares.
Skeptical? You should be. Think about it: Why would any legitimate employer offer inexperienced employees a six-figure salary for working just a few hours a week? These offers come... Read More »
A good salary and a rewarding career doesn't have to mean a four-year slog through college. There are plenty of jobs that pay nicely with less education, ranging from certificate courses just a few months long to two-year community college programs.
Education costs for most of these careers are modest -- you... Read More »
Competitive wages and predicted industry growth mean the future is looking bright for numerous blue-collar positions. So which manual and technical labor jobs are the most promising?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction and extraction jobs are expected to grow 12 percent by... Read More »
Jobs at the low end of the pay scale are often overlooked. Understandably, everyone wants to earn a lot of money -- it makes life easier when you're not counting pennies between paychecks. The problem is that, unless you're on the receiving end of nepotism, your first job isn't going to earn you six... Read More »
Laid off and looking to flee the floundering industry that sent you packing?
Not to worry: Minimum wage work is not your only option.
Whether you're in dire need of a new career, trying to earn more at your current gig or you're returning to work after a prolonged hiatus at home with the kids, a certificate... Read More »