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Posted 7/14/19

Do not dare allow a person under the age of sixteen to do any work, or the child labor law will have you in trouble. It is permissible to allow that child to roam the streets at any hour of the day …

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Do not dare allow a person under the age of sixteen to do any work, or the child labor law will have you in trouble. It is permissible to allow that child to roam the streets at any hour of the day or night and pack a gun, putting that life, and others, in danger, but you better not have the audacity to put a shovel in his hand. To take away his time from the game boards and require that child to complete a simple chore is shameful. Yes, this is an overstatement but may not be too far removed from reality. 

The jobs in coal mines have almost disappeared, making room for more jobs created by the electronic age. These are positions that require a better education than was needed to mine coal. Goods still must be produced, but the robot has entered the work force replacing high salaried positions that once required working hands. Employment in fast food and restaurants is in danger of being replaced by machines that can take orders and deliver food. Heavy equipment has replaced the picks and shovels, and the tractor has replaced the mule and plow. Cotton and com are now harvested by machines and potatoes and peanuts dug mechanically Many of the hot farm jobs that required a massive amount of labor have been replaced by chemicals and air conditioned machines that are virtually self- operated by using automated power systems guided by GPS. Long rows are straight and planted by state-of-the-art planters that sow seeds quickly with the desired spacing. Soy beans, oats, wheat, grains, and rice are now harvested in a manner not possible for the average farmer to do eighty years ago. Tractor drawn harvesting and farm equipment were unavailable to most small farmers. 

One employment field that remains strong is the medical profession. This has been made possible due to the advancement of drugs that allow for a longer life span and treatment funds made available through insurance and governmental agencies. With the advancement of age comes the need for more care. The changes in this area have been drastic during my lifetime. There were no nursing homes or homes for the elderly that I can recall. The sick and terminally ill patients were cared for at home, and there they died. Medical care was sought only in an emergency. Transportation to a hospital was provided by anyone who had an available vehicle that could be used for transport. Ambulances were either not available or in very short supply. Hospital care was rejected by many who preferred to peacefully die at home. 

Recently, I was in a hospital when a young boy entered the emergency room seeking treatment for a small cut on his finger. As a boy I would just have washed the blood off it and continued to do whatever I was doing. A splinter or briar embedded in flesh was removed by knife point or needle when I was young. Today a trip to the emergency room is the standard for its removal. I recently overheard a woman telling another about the emergency trip she had recently made to the hospital. The emergency: she had found a tick on her daughter, and it had to be removed. Ambulances are summoned and patients are rushed to hospitals, sirens and light blaring, because the person all of a sudden felt a little "dizzy-headed" and thought it best to have a doctor check them out. Someone else will pay the bill anyway so why not be safe? There is no wonder that jobs and pay in the health field have skyrocketed in the modem era. 

What will the next eighty years bring in the medical field? Will there be those at that time who will be considered young at age eighty? What will the next eighty years usher in in the form of jobs? Only time will answer this. As this is written the age of drones has begun to make deliveries and do other chores. Will drones be the next delivery boy for drugs? Advancements occur so rapidly that by the time this writing goes to print some of the questions we might have regarding this will already be answered. We probably, as did those eighty years ago, have no concept of what the workforce will look like after the next eighty years have passed. What will be the latest method of transporting medical emergencies to the treatment centers? 

If any trend has been set during my lifetime, it is that a sound education will be the key to having a good job in the future. The picks and shovels will never return. The cotton pickers will not return to the fields. Coal will be replaced by natural gas or a renewable energy which brings on the closing of the mines that offered jobs to so many in the past. Robots and automation will continue to replace the work of individuals. It will be the worker who is able to adapt to these changes that will be able to be effective in the new fields that will open up, and that worker will have the advantage in securing employment. 

Contact Wheeler Pounds at 3424 Kings Mill Rd, Oakman, AL 35579, or at wheelerpounds@gmail.com.