By the year 2000, it's going to take more than the will to do and the soul to dare.
In fact, those who merely "do" - repetitive hand tasks and the like - are going to be left on the dark side of the moon as far as jobs are concerned, says an economic forecaster.In the light will be those with trained, analytical minds.
It's already becoming shady out there for people who don't finish high school - viable jobs for them will shrink more, according to Jeffrey M. Humphreys of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.
Humphreys has used Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor data to create a model of vocational waxing and waning.
People who now eke out a living as order clerks, stenographers, proofreaders, statistical clerks and household domestics will lose out. Those now working in assembly and textile jobs will seriously lose out.
Automation will only increase and, as it does, it will diminish demand for workers who use by-rote skills: "Virtually all of the new jobs will be in service production rather than in goods production," Humphreys said.