Most New Jobs in the Next 10 Years Will Pay Starvation Wages

Inequality is going to get worse before it gets better, if it ever does

Maria Shimizu Christensen

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I’m a numbers gal. I spend a lot of time researching employment data and trends so I can churn out articles for content mills. Hey, it’s a living. I spent 30 years working in various aspects of accounting, payroll, biz ops, and human resources, and I’d much rather write about it than actually do the work. It’s the old story of being good at things you don’t enjoy doing.

Looking at the list of growing jobs within the next decade, that’s a sentiment likely shared by millions of people. We all do a lot of things we don’t like to make a living. Unfortunately, a lot of those jobs don’t make much of a living.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top three occupations that will add the most new jobs in the coming decade pay less than $30,000 per year, as a median wage. That’s a gross wage, before payroll taxes and other deductions, like health insurance premiums. And yes, that’s also a median wage, so some people make more, but considering where the median is, making more doesn’t always make much difference. Take a look:

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Maria Shimizu Christensen

Writer. Maker. Featured in Medium’s 2021 list of Stories That Started Conversations. I write about life. https://www.mariashimizuchristensen.com