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.
As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills
Labor history is often missing from textbooks, but some schools are finding creative ways to teach economic justice
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?