The Evolution of American Industry

and Job Skills.......By: Emily Milligan

The Year of 1955

The most popular careers of 1955 are listed below:

  1. General Motors
  2. U.S. Steel
  3. General Electric
  4. Chrysler
  5. Standard Oil of NJ
  6. Amoco
  7. CBS
  8. AT&T Technologies
  9. Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  10. Firestone Tire and Rubber
  11. Car Dealers
  12. Car Making
  13. Gas Stations
  14. Oil Wells

In 1955, it was a lot easier to just get a job than it is now. All you needed to be able to get a job is a Highschool Diploma. You also need the basic tools needed to work with a team such as leadership and respect. You also need to be a hard worker and have the charisma required in the specific industry.

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The Year of 1985

I had a little more trouble finding popular careers of 1985. This is what I found:

  1. Toys R Us
  2. General Foods
  3. Microsoft
  4. Apple
  5. Computer Programming
  6. Computer Design
  7. Technology Design
  8. Games

In 1985, it is a little harder 1955 to get a job, but still easier to get a job than in 2015. In 1985 you need the teamwork ethics as listed below and above and a college degree in a particular field. You must know a little about some things like programming, art, marketing, science, math, and english, but definitely not as much as in 2015. In 2015, you have to master every field that relates to the career you want to have in the future.

The Year of 2015

The most popular careers of 2015 are listed below:

  1. Walmart
  2. International Business Machines
  3. United Parcel Services
  4. Target
  5. Kroger
  6. Sears Holdings
  7. General Electric
  8. Bank of America
  9. AT&T
  10. Animation
  11. Apple
  12. Tablet or Mobile Device Design
  13. Computer Programming
  14. Games
  15. Gaming Consoles
  16. Minecraft
  17. FNaF

In 2015, it is much harder to get into a job than it was in 1955 or 1985. You need not only teamwork ethics like leadership or respect, working hard or charisma, but you also need the knowledge of how to work your job. You have to have a specific bachelor's degree or master's degree in a particular field in order to get the job.

Interview with Michael

Q: How has getting a job changed since you started working?

A: It has changed incredibly. When I first got a job, technology was just beginning, and it is difficult to keep up with the pace of technology because it is evolving so fast. You have to be careful if you are working in a technology industry because if you get out-paced, you could get fired. It was a lot easier in 1985, where technology was at a rudimentary level and you could keep up with it.

Q: What did you do to get the career you always wanted?

A: I made a list of all the careers I wanted to have. I wrote everything I aspired to do on a piece of paper. I wanted to be a race car driver, a radio DJ, an astronaut, an FBI agent, and be in the military. All of those careers were temporary and to achieve them, I needed a great education. I needed to learn technology, mostly, to achieve all these things. I managed to do all these things except for the radical ideas, however, I was able to work in a small field of that division. I managed to find a way to work at an office for NASA, however, it wasn't anything like how it could have been, and I wasn't an FBI agent, because I resigned because I had kids to look after.

Q: Do you think your methods worked?

A: Yes, I do believe they worked. After all, I reached a high promotion for IBM in only three years.

Q: Is your job difficult for you?

A: Absolutely. Even out of the building I am still working. Everyone needs my help and there are times I am so overwhelmed, I need to take a break from working. I do not want to quit my job anytime soon, though. I am in a good position with good pay to keep my family stable.