White-collar jobs

The term white-collar worker refers to a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work, in contrast with ablue-collar worker, whose job requires manual labor. Typically white collar work is performed in an office or cubicle.

Formerly a minority in the agrarian and early industrial societies, white-collar workers have become a majority in industrialized countries due to modernization and exportation of manufacturing jobs.

The blue collar/white collar descriptors as it pertains to work dress may no longer be an accurate descriptor as office attire has broadened beyond a white shirt and tie. Employees in office environments may wear a variety of colors, may dress business-casualor wear casual clothes all together. In addition work task have blurred. “White-collar” employees may perform “blue-collar” tasks (orvice versa). An example would be a restaurant manager who may wear more formal clothing yet still assist with cooking food or taking customers’ orders or a construction worker who also performs desk work.

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