The term ‘information economy’ is often used to describe what countries like Canada, the U.S., and so on are supposedly into or entering. Yet, when I look around, what sort of jobs do I see that are in demand? Skilled trades.
The term ‘information’ is too vague – what is in demand is more like ‘know-how’. Know-how means acquisition of skill, which takes time. It manifests in the form of a lawyer, doctor, electrician, undersea welder, and so on.
Non-skilled or lesser-skilled trades seem to be becoming less common due to a) outsourcing and b) roboticization and computerization.
The appropriate response is not to build a ‘broad base of vague information’ but instead ‘focused skilled trade + learning techniques’.