Globalization and American Workforce in the Twentieth Century

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15 October 2011

Globalization and American Workforce in the Twentieth Century

Globalization is nothing new, since ancient times; people have been selling and buying their goods to each other. America was found by Europeans, when they were looking for new routes to expand their commerce and trade. In the last decade thanks to advances in communication and technology the commerce around the world has increased to a level never seen before. This globalization however has brought some changes and challenges to the American workforce: jobs have been lost or outsourced, People are not sure what kind of skills will be necessary to have a successful career and what kind of jobs that will have great demand in the coming
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In 1997 the Hudson Institute made an investigation at that counted with the collaboration of economists, educators and psychologists in which they made a roadmap follow for the American Workforce could adjust to the changes that globalization would bring in the next twenty years. Richard W. Judy and Carol D'Amico article written by them in Work and Workers in the Twenty-First Century "You have before you a map, one that describes the journey America's labor force is now beginning. It lays out the general contours of the employment landscape, not the fine details on the specific landmarks, depicting the many roads to what we call Workforce 2020"(177). In this investigation the people from Hudson Institute they break their findings in four different areas. First, with the technological changes, advances in biotechnology, and telecommunications will bring a new opportunities. Automation will continue displacing low skilled workers, but jobs requiring special skills and knowledge will be in demand. Second the economies in the world will be fully integrated with the capital moving and investor looking for opportunities everywhere. The jobs in manufacturing sector will decline in the next twenty years, the most affected will be the people who fall behind in their skills level, and the people who maintain or improve their skill will be highly rewarded. Also the unions will be seriously

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