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The nature of white-collar work is varying over time through the changes at different levels and influenced by social changes Any explanation of changes could merely reflect them to certain extent and contribute to only part of the facts White-collar work refers to employees who perform knowledge work such as those in professional managerial or administrative positions Comparing with blue -collar workers who act on materials white-collar workers act with other people Haralambos 2000 p701 Their work is much less physical than blue-collar worker whereas their performances are important for coordinating the activities of a companyHaralambos2000 p701 During the recent years the world of work is increasingly a white-collar world To begin with numerical changes have taken places Between 1900 and 2000 the percentage of the work force that is white collar grew from less than 18 to almost 60 While manual workers comprised 41 of the work force in 1950 by the start of the twenty-first century their proportion had shrunk to less than 25 of the work force This trend is expected to continue In America the number of professional workers such as technicians and related support workers is projected to increase in all major industrial sectors except mining sectors In addition executive administrative managerial marketing and sales occupations are expected to experience faster than average employment growth further strengthening the dominant position of white collar work in the US economyWilsonP 2001 p13 Moreover the professional specialty occupations accounted for 141 of total employment in 1998 It is anticipated that their share of total employment will increase to 156 in 2008 This is the largest such increase projected for any occupational category Two-thirds of the job growth is expected among teachers librarians and counselors computer mathematical and operations research occupations and health assessment and treating occupations These occupations also registered the largest job gains among the professional specialties during the projection period from 1988-1998DouglasB 1999p15 While white collar work
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