To get a good job, you need a first job
Fight for $50,000-a-year careers by expanding entry-level training opportunities that provide employees with the skills to earn middle-class incomes.
In contrast, the Fight for a $15 minimum wage reduces job opportunities and cuts off the bottom rung of the career ladder that is needed for employees to quickly climb it.
Raise the wage ceiling by protecting the wage floor
There are currently 6.9 million national job openings, roughly half of which are middle-class jobs that pay approximately $50,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Policies should focus on equipping Americans with the skills necessary to shift into these well-paying jobs.
The Fight for $50,000 can provide middle-class careers; the Fight for a $15 minimum wage threatens entry-level job opportunities because many low-margin small businesses cannot absorb its costs and are forced to shed jobs or close altogether.
The Department of Labor projects tens of thousands of job openings, which don’t require a bachelor’s degree, in each of the following middle-class fields:
|Electrical Line Installers||$61,500|
|Computer support technicians||$51,500|
|Medical and Lab Techs||$51,000|
|Plumbers and Pipefitters||$50,500|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||$48,810|
|Truck Service Techs||$45,000|
|Construction Equipment Operators||$44,000|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||$43,000|
|Chefs and Head Cooks||$42,000|
|Specialty Tradespeople (Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers)||$41,000|