In a decade, who's going to fix your vehicle, deliver your mail or landscape your yard? Probably not the teenagers you know, at least if they have anything to say about it. According a survey of 400 teenagers, conducted by market research agency C+R Research, young Americans aren't interested in doing the work which will need to be done in the future. Some interesting figures:

  • About 20 percent of teens want to work as musicians, athletes or video game designers, even though these kinds of jobs only comprise 1 percent of American occupations. That equates to 30 million people vying for 1.5 million jobs.
  • Only 7 percent of teens want to hold one of the 25 most common jobs in the U.S.
  • Just 3 percent of teens aspire to hold one of the 25 jobs expected to grow most by 2024.
  • Plus, 15 percent of Americans currently have office or administrative jobs, which is the largest of 22 segments of the U.S. labor force. Yet 0 percent of the surveyed teens want to do this kind of work when they grow up.

Check out this infographic, which details the disparity between the work that will need to be done, and the people who may not want to do it.

Published on: Apr 1, 2017
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