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black collar workers

Collar workers

Blue-collar

A "Blue-collar worker" is a member of the working class, who performs manual labor and earns an hourly wage.

Subcategories

  • Scarlet Collar (2000) - Female shop workers.
  • Black Collar (1998) - Miners (especially coal miners) and oil workers.

White-collar

The term "white-collar worker" was coined in the 1930s by Upton Sinclair. It means a salaried professional, typically referring to general office workers and management.

Subcategories

  • Pink-collar worker (1975) - Secretarial, administrative, or other clerical workers.
  • Grey-collar (1981) - A skilled Technician, typically someone who is both white and blue collar, i.e., Information Technology workers. They are principally white collar, but perform blue collar tasks with some regularity.
  • Gold-collar worker (1985) - Highly skilled professionals who may be in high demand, such as doctors and lawyers.

Specialty classifications

These classifications may fall under more than one of the categories or subcategories above.

  • Silver Collar - Employees over 55.
  • Green-collar worker (1984) - Environmentally friendly jobs.
  • Yellow Collar - People in the creative field—photographers, filmmakers, etc. They may spend time doing both white and blue collar tasks as well as tasks outside either category.
  • Light Blue Collar - Temp workers, whether or not they're working a blue or white collar task. Light Blue is a combination of white and blue.
  • Fuel Collar - Those either in the travel industry or who very regularly travel as apart of their job, i.e. door to door salesmen, field salesmen, airline pilots, etc. They spend the bulk of their time traveling.
  • Dog Collar (1991) - Priests and other clergymen.
  • Open Collar (1988) - Employees who work from home.
  • Frayed Collar (1995) - Employees having trouble making ends meet, the working poor.
  • Steel Collar (1980) - Robots
  • No Collar (2008) - Unemployed

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