While articles on how the job market sucks/college degrees don't mean what they used to/the creative class is on the rise/etc. are a dime a dozen lately, this piece actually doesn't just judge the market from a typical outdated armchair perspective:
It's been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the "e" standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S. workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the gold watch, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment. We're no longer simply lawyers, or photographers, or writers. Instead, we're part-time lawyers-cum- amateur photographers who write on the side.
This probably explains, when asked about their occupation, the growing number of people these days who give lists instead of concise answers. I find it's becoming rarer to hear an answer like, "accountant" compared to something more along the lines of "accountant, aquatic gardener, writer, cook and sculptor."
I'm all for a broad array of lifelong learning but I also hope that the future hardcore scientists and economists don't stray too far from their specific paths. Nothing scarier to me than a country full of "creatives" who know a little bit about a lot of things, instead of a lot on a few subjects.