Blue-Collar Worker


In English-speaking countries, a blue-collar worker is a working class person who performs non-agricultural manual labour.

Manual labour or manual work is physical work done by people, most especially in contrast to that done by machines, and to that done by working animals.

The working class are the people employed for wages, especially in manual-labour occupations and in skilled, industrial work.

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Blue-collar work may involve skilled or unskilled manufacturing, mining, sanitation, custodial work, oil field work, construction, mechanical maintenance, warehousing, firefighting, technical installation and many other types of physical work.

Manufacturing is the value added production of merchandise for use or sale using labour and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation.

Mining is extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth usually from an orebody, lode, vein, seam, reef or placer deposits.

A mechanic is a tradesman, craftsman, or technician who uses tools to build or repair machinery.

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Often something is physically being built or maintained.


In contrast, the white-collar worker typically performs work in an office environment and may involve sitting at a computer or desk.


A third type of work is a service worker whose labour is related to customer interaction, entertainment, sales or other service-oriented work.


Many occupations blend blue, white or pink industry categorizations.


Blue-collar work is often paid hourly wage-labor, although some professionals may be paid by the project or salaried.

Wage labour is the socioeconomic relationship between a worker and an employer, where the worker sells their labour under a formal or informal employment contract.


There is a wide range of payscales for such work depending upon field of specialty and experience.

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