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Subject:  Re: Middle Class[Income] Jobs ain't Coming Back? Date:  1/23/2013  12:21 PM
Author:  warrl Number:  667908 of 741431

The name of the game is being able to adapt to changing market conditions both physically and mentally. Those with the most adaptable skills will succeed. Those with limited skills or highly specialized skills that cannot be adapted will be in trouble. Literacy, math, and a broad set of technical skills are the keys.

I would add two skills to the list - but strictly as additions, not substitutions:

a) skill in structured thinking, because if you aren't telling a computer what to do you'll be needing to understand what a computer is doing

b) creativity, because this is what computers are really not good at (whenever a brute force let's-try-all-possible-combinations-and-tweaks approach is not viable - which it usually isn't)

For skill in structured thinking, heavy math (not arithmetic; high school algebra and geometry just barely begin to qualify), any sort of engineering, computer programming, and any of the math-heavy hard sciences are good. (This is why so many engineers get jobs as financial analysts.)

For creativity - actually most kids are pretty good at this and a lot of effort and structure is dedicated to training it out of them.
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