Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Labor Day Look at Careers

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Labor Day Look at Careers

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What does Labor Day mean to you? The end of summer? Barbecues? Back-to-school sales? What does this have to do with labor, or work?

Monday is Labor Day in the United States. The holiday, which has been celebrated on the first Monday of September for more than 100 years, is a tribute to working men and women. It also is a day off from work for many Americans.

While that may be good news for adults, what does it mean to kids? Maybe it's a good day to think about what job you might be doing when you grow up.

The US Department of Labor predicts that by the time this year's ninth-graders graduate from college, the number of jobs available in engineering, computing, taking care of pets, teaching math and science, and studying forensics (applying science to solve crimes) will increase by nearly 30 percent. That means more people will be needed to fill these positions in the future.

How about becoming a chef, a nurse, a landscape architect, a truck driver, or a carpenter? …

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