Browse Definitions :
Definition

new collar jobs

Contributor(s): Trea Lavery

New collar jobs are occupations which focus more on a candidate’s skills during the hiring process, rather than his or her level of education. New collar jobs do not necessarily require a traditional four-year college degree and are mostly found in the information technology (IT), manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Although new collar jobs do not require a four-year degree, they often do require other types of vocational training and certifications. This training is usually completed at community colleges, vocational and technical high schools and other vocational training programs, as well as occasionally through the company itself. These types of programs have become more common, and a new type of six-year vocational high school, known as Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) has started opening across the U.S. and other countries. The first of these schools opened in Brooklyn, New York in 2011.

Many of the new collar jobs that are currently available are in industries that involve data science, coding and cloud administration. This hiring method allows companies to find more qualified workers, as well as staff their technology divisions inexpensively. New collar workers are also increasingly sought after in healthcare, with vocational certifications available for pharmacy and ultrasound technicians. New collar jobs also exist in the manufacturing industry, where low-skill jobs that previously went to blue collar workers are now automated by robots and heavy machinery. As innovative machinery continues to grow rapidly, there is a need for highly trained workers to build, maintain, update and supply parts for this technology. Some of the most sought-after professionals are highly skilled machinists and craft workers.

The term “new collar job” was coined by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and is a play on “white collar” and “blue collar” jobs, which refer to professional and vocational jobs, respectively. IBM has led the movement for new collar technology jobs, but other companies have also caught on. In June 2017, Microsoft announced that it would give a grant to Skillful, a program which encourages skills-oriented job training.

This was last updated in December 2017

Continue Reading About new collar jobs

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

What are your thoughts on hiring based on skill vs. a college degree?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

SearchSecurity

  • Malwarebytes software

    Malwarebytes is a cross-platform anti-malware program that detects and removes malware and other rogue software.

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS)

    Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol that provides authentication, privacy, and data integrity between two communicating ...

  • van Eck phreaking

    Van Eck phreaking is a form of electronic eavesdropping that reverse engineers the electromagnetic fields (EM fields) produced by...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

SearchStorage

  • solid-state storage

    Solid-state storage (SSS) is a type of computer storage media made from silicon microchips. SSS stores data electronically ...

  • persistent storage

    Persistent storage is any data storage device that retains data after power to that device is shut off. It is also sometimes ...

  • computational storage

    Computational storage is an information technology (IT) architecture in which data is processed at the storage device level to ...

Close