GOOD has an interesting article on the way technology replaces jobs. While I would’ve thought the erosion would start with low-paid, low skill jobs, it turns out that’s not quite the case.
Last April, the MIT economist David Autor published a report that looked at the shifting employment landscape in America. He came to this scary conclusion: Our workforce is splitting in two. The number of high-skill, high-income jobs think lawyers or research scientists or managers is growing. So is the number of low-skill, low-income jobs think food preparation or security guards. Those jobs in the middle? They’re disappearing. Autor calls it “the polarization of job opportunities.”