John Grubbs - When Training Matters

Helping Companies Rethink, Recover & Refocus on the Future

Call John Grubbs (903) 295-7400

facebook linked in twitter youtube



My youngest son is on his last day of new employee orientation with a large electric infrastructure construction company in Texas. He recently graduated from a technical school with a certificate in electrical lineworker technology. Though he graduated in the top grouping of his high school class, he chose a different career. I noticed that many of his peers also choose vocations with skills instead of a traditional four-year education experience, as has historically been expected by most Generation X parents. What are these young people seeing that is different from generations past? Is this an anomaly, or are the 2020s changing the meaning of being educated?

According to the Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 4 people aged 25 attained a four-year degree in 2021. Will this decrease the perceived value of that baccalaureate-level diploma? Does the law of supply and demand indicate that more degrees in the workplace dilute the financial value of having one?

The 2020s have ignited a remarkable revolution in the labor landscape, triggering a seismic shift in the status and compensation of blue-collar workers while casting a shadow over white-collar jobs tethered to conventional four-year degrees. This transformative era is occurring due to many factors, including technological innovations, the evolving skill spectrum, and the burgeoning significance of high-value aptitudes over traditional diplomas. In this compelling article, we will unravel the extraordinary journey of blue-collar workers as they ascend to newfound glory regarding status and compensation. At the same time, their white-collar counterparts grapple with an unsettling decline. We will also unveil the repercussions of this metamorphosis on smaller and medium-sized educational institutions and delve into the driving forces behind the booming demand for traditional blue-collar vocations.

The Metamorphosis of the Work Landscape

The 2020s have witnessed an epoch-defining transformation in the job market, propelled chiefly by the relentless march of technology. Automation and artificial intelligence, like mighty titans, have commenced the replacement of numerous routine white-collar tasks, resulting in a conspicuous dwindling of jobs tethered to traditional four-year degrees. Simultaneously, a cornucopia of opportunities has sprung forth for blue-collar workers with high-value skills and an aptitude for adaptability.

The Ascendancy of Blue Collar Workers

  • High-Value Proficiencies: Blue-collar workers have scaled new heights in status and compensation, mainly on the wings of their invaluable skills. Their specialized trades, technical prowess, and impeccable craftsmanship have emerged as...


Continue Reading The Rise of The Blue-Collar Worker


Crazy enough to win

Discover My Podcast