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How to classify your job?

Updated on August 15, 2010

Color-coding has been used to classify and identify the status of people in socio-economic class. However, some jobs can be classified according to its description using the color-coding. But there are already companies that are not that strict when it comes to outfit at work. Although some companies provide uniforms for their workers and color-coding is not already the basis of how big and small the earnings of the worker.


It’s a job done with manual effort and required strength. The job could be described with three Ds: Dirty, Demanding and Dangerous. In this type of work is of lesser requirement for formal education, and should be skilled to prevent the danger and if unskilled, they must be trained to be a fast and efficient worker.

The term “Blue-collar” originated from the industrial and manual workers wearing durable clothing that can be dirty, soiled, or scrapped at work. A popular element of such clothes has been, and still is, a light or navy blue work shirt, or referring to the jeans, that according to jeans’ early incarnation, jeans were worn only by manual laborers.

In terms of pay, blue-collar workers earn an hourly wage; some are of low pay and mostly contractual basis. Although there are blue-collar jobs that are of highest pay than white-collar job. But there are workers that sometimes that don’t have proper benefits and working at risk. In that reason, Blue-collar jobs may be represented by trade unions or regulated by state and/or federal statutes to protect their rights.

Outsourcing is one big problem of blue-collar jobs, and the outsource proof blue-collar job is mostly in the field of construction.


It is a job for professional or educated workers that can do semi-professional office, administrative and sales coordination tasks. It is usually a job in a cubicle, inside the establishment or even in the field that does not need hard labor.

The term “white-collar” was used to oppose the word “blue-collar”. It was based to the American writer Upton Sinclair, in relation to modern clerical, administrative and management workers during the 1930s, though references to "easy work and a white collar" appear as early as 1911. In the year 1920-1923 Wall Street Journal article that reads, "Movement from high schools to manual labor in steel plants is unusual, as boys formerly sought white-collar work. Sinclair's usage is related to the fact that during most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, male office workers in European and American countries almost always had to wear white, collared dress shirts.

White-collar jobs usually paid by salary. Although, at this time, there are part-time white-collar jobs.


It is a job for the environmentalists who consciously implement their design, policy, and technology to develop conservation and sustainability of nature. The green-collar workers could be blue or white-collar workers who often with the expertise with the environmental, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy issues.


Refers to the balance of employed people not classified as white- or blue-collar. Although grey-collar is sometimes used to describe those who work beyond the age of retirement, its most widely accepted meaning refers to occupations that incorporate some of the elements of both blue- and white-collar, or are completely different from both categories.


It is a job that is traditionally considered to be women's work. The term arose to distinguish these female-orientated jobs from the blue-collar worker, a worker in manual labor, and the white-collar worker, a professional or educated worker in largely office positions. Pink-collar jobs usually pay a significantly smaller amount of money than blue-collar or white-collar jobs.

These "pink-collar" careers did not require as much professional training as white-collar professions, nor did they carry equal pay or prestige. These were areas of employment that men rarely, if ever, employed.


It is a job for highly skilled and highly valuable individuals. They should have the intelligence, independence, and innovation to change the management. It is also a neologism which has been used to describe the job for either young, low-wage workers who invest in conspicuous luxury (often with parental support), or highly-skilled knowledge workers, traditionally classified as white collar, but who have recently become essential enough to business operations as to warrant a new classification.


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