Workforce Skill Levels

Every day America’s workforce provides the services and support we need to deal with life’s challenges. Skills within the workforce are characterized by levels of education.

UNSKILLED…Elementary or no education.

SEMI-SKILLED…High School education.

SKILLED…Vocational/Certification education.

PROFESSIONAL…College education.

A partial list of typical jobs associated with the workforce skill sets is presented below.

UNSKILLED: Digging ditches…House cleaning…Picking fruit…Mopping floors…Washing dishes…Trash collection…Delivery drivers…All manual labor.

SEMI-SKILLED: Machine operators…Retail sales…Store managers…Cashiers…Home health aides…Typists…etc.

SKILLED:Toolmakers…Chefs…Electricians…CourtStenographers…Plumbers…Welders…Mechanics…Technicians…Beauticians…Barbers…etc.

PROFESSIONAL:Teachers…Doctors…Nurses…Lawyers…Engineers…Scientists…CorporateExecutives…Statisticians…Accountants…etc.

The American workforce numbers  millions. Over time each of us will use the full range of workforce skill sets ; and expect an appropriate level of education and experience.

The most important workforce job is the management of America’s government; the President (1), the Senate (100), and the House of Representatives (435). The job requirements for the 536 are:

1. A minimum age requirement.

2. A residency requirement.

3. A citizenship requirement.

4. Zero academic requirements.

5. Zero public service experience at any level of government.

The job requirements for the most important jobs in the workforce are no better than those for unskilled workers! The most important jobs in America’s workforc should have rigorous and comprehensive training in the field of public service, and extensive experience across all levels of public service. I could not find any of the 536 with that profile. If you find one let me know!

ANALYZE THE EXAMPLE

* What were the dynamics?

* Which supports and barriers were in play?

* Who, or what, won the Tug-Of-War! Why?

* Discuss the outcome with your friends and family.

* Use Post #4 as a reference for the dynamics and relationships between supports and barriers.