Undesirable job does not equate to high-skill job.
Why is McDonald's considered a low-skill job? I easily make twice as much at my current job as a McDonald's employee, and it's far less stressful. I wouldn't want to work at McDonald's even if I was guaranteed to have the same income I have now. If no skill is required to work there, shouldn't I jump at the chance to flip burgers for a living? Instead, I see the job as being undesirable regardless of pay. How can you defend that? How can you say, "Well it takes no skill to work at McDonald's," while virtually no one would actually want to work there if they had other options, regardless of pay? Heck, I'd take $7.50 an hour cleaning port-a-potties before I'd ever accept a job at McDonald's. How is it unskilled when you're willing to take such a degrading job that even I wouldn't consider it? If you consider it unskilled labor, I don't think you know anything about the fast food industry.
McDonalds employees don't even have to graduate high school to work there. That's kind of the idea, they hire young people so that they have an income and can pursue higher education or help support their family and they don't require skills that can only be learned in college or trade schools. The labor pool in fast food seems to be filled with middle age people and they're trying to live on their own, which doesn't work very well obviously.
I make ten dollars an hour full-time with health benefits and I have a two year degree and a specific certification. My job is physically demanding usually, but I like it. I'm not saying my job requires much skill, but there are essential things that I have to know in order to do it, and no-one at this business trained me to do it. I took to it myself to become qualified to work here.
My argument towards low-wage jobs such as these is that the knowledge to excel in them is limited, sometimes not even really required to be learned. Anything that is required is taught by a manager or specific trainers.
I still say the cost of living in the areas they are is the main issue. If you've ever played the new SimCity, or even watched it, you'd understand that low-wealth citizens are needed for low-wealth jobs, and they need low-wealth housing and facilities in order to live there. The way it's described, NYC seems like it lacks the housing and such to allow low-wealth citizens to survive there.
Also, I feel as though the majority of these older FF workers were dropouts or lazy, and they didn't want to pursue higher education when they had the chance. That may or may not be true, and I always see teenagers in the FF places around here.
Last edited by Rayzik on Aug 3 2013 at 19:12