IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is credited with coining the term "new-collar
worker," which applies to employees who gain technical and soft skills through programs offered by community colleges, vocational schools, software boot camps and the like.
The term "new-collar worker" is becoming increasingly important in the STEM lexicon as advances in technology fields ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) to the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to accelerate along with demand for a labor force able to address a rapidly evolving slate of skills.
Industry executives, including IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty who coined the term new-collar, have been concerned with whether the workforce will be ready to address the rapid pace of tech change.
Candidates for new-collar jobs, which are neither white collar nor blue collar, might include new graduates, those seeking new
New-collar positions listed on job websites include cloud administrator, cybersecurity architect, data center technician, data storage engineer, systems administrator, and technical support representative.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty talked about the new-collar workers, or those working within a new education and career model.
The new-collar workers are the workers of the future.
"In addition, we are creating and hiring to fill 'new-collar
' jobs-entirely new roles in areas such as cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and cognitive business."