SOC326 7-24-08

SOC326 7-24-08 - SOC 326 724-08 From an Industrial to a...

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SOC 326 7-24-08 From an Industrial to a Service Economy - Service Industries - A growing proportion of workers are now employed in service industries. - Ex. Retail, food services, professional services, health care. - The majority of new jobs created are in the service-sector. -In 1940 less than half of the US labor force was employed in service industries. -As of 2000, the percentage is around 75%. -Service industry jobs vary greatly. -Some are low-skill jobs in food service and health care, or repetitious and poorly paid clerical and data-entry jobs. -Others entail the need for high-skilled workers. -The number of highly skilled professional workers has grown in the service economy. -They hold a privileged occupational position based on their knowledge and expertise. -More money. -They command relatively higher wages. -Also a new class of low-paid service workers comes into existence. -Ex. McDonalds and Wal-Mart. -Wages and conditions resemble those of unskilled laborers in industrial age.
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