With the angst around the loss of good paying manufacturing jobs, particularly in certain regions of the country, some economists have been discussing the possibility of shifting our supply of good paying but low skill jobs from the manufacturing sector to the service sector. The predominant reason to do this would be the shifting of manufacturing jobs overseas which is more difficult to do in the service sector so employees aren't competing with Vietnamese citizens making a few thousand dollars a year. It also allows for minimal supply chain disruption, still allows for other economies outside the US to grow using their competitive wage advantage, and it can even be paired with sectoral bargaining agreements to increase bargaining power across the relative workforces similar to how manufacturing unions progressed wages and benefits in years past.
One big hurdle, of course, is the fact that people love to berate others for flipping burgers, working for daycares, or landscaping, but I fail to see much a difference in skills between these jobs and screwing in screws or running a sheet metal press on an assembly line - the difference seems to be primarily cultural.
Do you think we should encourage such a transition and work towards it?