The “Brave New Workers” series tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: after years working in the coal mines of West Virginia, a miner charts a new career in health care.
This series, Brave New Workers, is all about workers adapting to the shifting economic geographies. Some industries are seen as foundational to a community and there is much angst about the loss of particular jobs. New technologies are disruptive, and the process of job creation/job loss is sometimes referred to as creative destruction. My uncle, once about a time, was a typewriter repairman. Clearly, the personal computer was going to render his niche in the economic system obsolete so he became a web developer. Not everyone successfully makes a seamless transition, but this collection of stories is emblematic of the modern American worker, needing to nimbly adapt to the labor market.