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Mediafeed Logo By Joel Palmer of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 8: If you were a woman in the 1920s, you may have worked as a “knocker-upper.” The job entailed walking around town with a long stick to tap on the windows of your company’s factory workers every morning to ensure they made it to work on time.In the 1960s, a large share of Americans worked for large industrial companies like General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. They started on the job straight from high school and, with the exception of a labor stoppage here or there, toiled in the plants until they retired decades later with a generous pension.Then technology exploded in the 1990s, creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech jobs. And the longest economic expansion in the country’s history offered more varied career opportunities, especially to the growing population of college graduates.

A little history through jobs

If you were a woman in the 1920s, you may have worked as a “knocker-upper.” The job entailed walking around town with a long stick to tap on the windows of your company’s factory workers every morning to ensure they made it to work on time.

In the 1960s, a large share of Americans worked for large industrial companies like General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. They started on the job straight from high school and, with the exception of a labor stoppage here or there, toiled in the plants until they retired decades later with a generous pension.

Then technology exploded in the 1990s, creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech jobs. And the longest economic expansion in the country’s history offered more varied career opportunities, especially to the growing population of college graduates.

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