Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gob-Smacking, Sometimes

The NY Times ran a story about the reluctance of men to take jobs in traditionally-female occupations. As part of the story, they said this:
The two occupations predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to decline most quickly from 2014 to 2024 are locomotive firers, shrinking 70 percent, and vehicle electronics installers and repairers, down 50 percent.
True enough, but when you go look at the actual numbers, there are only 1,700 locomotive firemen left, and that's projected to drop to 500.

I would suspect that almost all of that drop will be by attrition. The job of fireman went away from the major railroads ages ago.

More to the point: A job classification that employs less than two thousand people nationwide isn't even a rounding error in the category of employment statistics.


Nangleator said...

Leave me hanging on the employment status of jug band jug blower, will you?

J4rh34d said...

I've noticed that when a male-dominated high-paying occupation is "devalued" by mechanization, then women are allowed to do that occupation. Two examples from decades ago - men's knitting guilds/knitting machines and male secretaries/typewriters. (I knit, BTW.)