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Two out of three ain’t bad

Posted on | December 16, 2009 | 5 Comments

My choice of women is a lot better than my choice of careers.

Eric Savitz from Barron’s warns this week that his career advice is to stay away from chip making, wired phone service and newspapers. Nice! I have had the pleasure of being in two of those three industries. In fact, earlier this decade I was in two of three at the same time.

Semiconductors are expected to lose 33 percent of their jobs in the next decade according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates; newspapers nearly 25 percent. The only industry segment that’s expect to fall more precipitously is cut and sew apparel manufacturing (down 57 percent)–and that’s a much smaller industry comparatively speaking. (Frankly, I thought the cut-and-sew business went off shore in the 19th century, but what do I know?)

So, as my favorite industries have receding before my eyes in the past 25 plus years, I’ve been married to the same delightful Screaming Lady during that time. In the workforce, sometimes change is good; in other things, sometimes no change is wonderful.

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5 Responses to “Two out of three ain’t bad”

  1. bfuller9 (Brian Fuller)
    December 16th, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

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    BLS numbers out (via Barron’s) on the crappiest industries to be in in the next decade. I’ve been in two at once: [link to post]

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  2. Michael Markowitz
    December 17th, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    You’ve always been smarter than me, Brian. I’m still in number two, buttering my bread by trying to create and sell stories to those (few remaining) hearty souls in number three!

  3. Brian
    December 17th, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    Mike, I would respectfully disagree with your assessment if my intelligence. ; )

    Our careers have followed similar trajectories, though, and it must because, despite all the change and uncertainty, we like the people and the technology in the industry.

    I’ve covered and consulted for other industries, and most of them just ain’t as interesting.

  4. Lou Covey
    December 17th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    Radio reporting to newspapers to college information officer to tech editor for aerospace to systems control to semiconductors to computing systems, back to semiconductors to software…. It all takes the pipe eventually.

  5. Brian
    December 17th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    If we were in the porn industry, however, we wouldn’t be having these discussions.

    I’m just saying…

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