WSJ | The New Job Advice: Put Down the Machine Tool, Pick Up the Hammer

Businesses are hiring at a solid pace, as shown by Friday’s employment report. But the mix of jobs is also important. For those who have less than a college degree, the best career path may lead to a construction site.

No doubt about it, the bulk of U.S. jobs are created in the service sector. Of the 223,000 slots added in June, 222,000 were in the private service sector.

But the goods side of the economy on average creates better-paying jobs. And typically (although this is changing) these jobs do not require a college degree, which means the positions are accessible to a majority of workers.

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