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View Poll Results: What type of work do you do?
White collar 21 63.64%
Blue collar 12 36.36%
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-13-2011, 09:24 PM
 
Location: under a bridge
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Why is it every time I read an article on employment, I get the idea they think 99% of the people are white collar workers. Just about everybody I know is a blue collar worker, myself included. Even in this forum most of the talk is about professional jobs.

Is it because the writers at the Wall Street Journal don't expect a blue collar worker to read their paper? or is there really a disproportionate amount of white collar workers?

I'm really curious to know how many white collar vs. blue collar workers we have on this forum. Please feel free to tell me what you do for a living. If you are currently out of work, tell us what you did prior to losing your job.

By the way, I'm an out of work welder.

Thanks
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm really curious to know how many white collar vs. blue collar workers we have on this forum. Please feel free to tell me what you do for a living.
Do you think the responses you get to this post will indicate how many white collar vs. blue collar workers are on this forum?

Engineer.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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Do you think the responses you get to this post will indicate how many white collar vs. blue collar workers are on this forum?

Engineer.

Yea, that was the idea.

Not sure what you're getting at, but what do you think it will indicate?
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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I think I qualify as a white collar worker.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Yea, that was the idea.

Not sure what you're getting at, but what do you think it will indicate?

If your objective is to truly get an idea of the approximate percentage of blue collar vs white collar poster on this forum, you probably won't get an accurate indication. For it to be accurate, the responses of blue collar would have to be proportional to blue collar on the forum - no way to tell that. For example, simply the way you crafted your original post may draw disproportionately more of one or the other. The sample might not be indicative of the population.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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If your objective is to truly get an idea of the approximate percentage of blue collar vs white collar poster on this forum, you probably won't get an accurate indication. For it to be accurate, the responses of blue collar would have to be proportional to blue collar on the forum - no way to tell that. For example, simply the way you crafted your original post may draw disproportionately more of one or the other. The sample might not be indicative of the population.

It doesn't have to be 100% accurate. It's not like I'm writing a thesis on the subject.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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It doesn't have to be 100% accurate. It's not like I'm writing a thesis on the subject.

Is 20% accurate OK?
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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Is 20% accurate OK?
That would be outstanding!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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OK. Let's draw some conclusions. Engineer and post 4 = 2 white collar workers. You are a welder so that's one blue collar worker.

Conclusion: 2/3 of the posters on the work and employment forum are white collar and one third are blue collar.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You would need about 100,000 people to respond to get anywhere close to an accurate picture of this forum's membership.
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