Map to the Middle Class

An ongoing project of The Hechinger Report

The story of the future of work in America is one of deepening economic polarization. Good jobs are disappearing for people with only a high-school diploma, while wage and employment gains increasingly accrue to people with higher education. In this series, we’ll explore the jobs of the future and ask how schools can help young people prepare for a landscape where middle-class life is increasingly out of reach. To do that, we want to hear from you.

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It’s getting harder to support a middle-class lifestyle

While a majority of American households were once considered middle class, today members of the middle class are outnumbered by those at the top and bottom rungs of the economic ladder. And that trend is expected to intensify. Of the 15 occupations with the largest projected job growth, only seven paid more than $27,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Pew Research Center defines a middle-class income as ranging from $42,000 to $126,000 for a family of three.

Tell us your experience

Do you feel middle class? How well do you think your education prepared you for good middle-class positions? What are you doing to update your skills for tomorrow’s jobs?