According to conventional wisdom, future employment prospects are dismal for the 21 skilled trades — electricians, electronic and medical techs, mechanics, machinists, welders, pipe fitters, and other similar trades — and for those workers uninterested in or unmotivated by a college education. The challenges, the argument goes, emerge from a trifecta of forces: automation as robots invade the trades; deindustrialization as America becomes more service-sector-dominated; and globalization as industrial jobs move offshore.

While these forces are real, the dismal conclusion is neither inevitable nor supported by the facts.


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