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Unformatted text preview: Of all social classes, the upper-middle class is most shaped by formal education The Middle Class: About 30% of the population In the past a high-school diploma was necessary to qualify for middle-class jobs; today a two-year or four-year college degree is increasingly necessary. Examples of middle-class jobs: medical technicians, nurses, legal and medical secretaries, lower-level managers, semi-professionals and non-retail sales persons. In the past middle class membership meant the American Dream; today this dream is eroded by rising housing prices, occupational insecurity, blocked mobility on the job, and the rise of the cost of living (prices rise but the dollar loses value as well)...
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