The ever-changing 1990s workplace is the subject of book Workers who thrive on change have best future, author says.

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July 10, 1992|By Cox News Service

ATLANTA -- The future belongs to workers who thrive on change.

They'll be photographers, loading pictures onto compact discs, and artists who can harness computers to serve their vision.

That's the conclusion of Carol Kleiman's book, "The 100 Best Jobs for the 1990s and Beyond." Her book examines how work is changing and prescribes ways for people to not only survive but flourish. Ms. Kleiman lists 100 jobs she says have the best prospects.

Ms. Kleiman, a business columnist for the Chicago Tribune, has long studied changes in the workplace. And her research has won over some experts.

"She has a very good perspective on where the economy is growing, where the needs will be in the '90s and beyond," said John Challenger, executive vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago outplacement firm.

What's reshaping the work world are changes in demographics, ZTC technology and international relations. To succeed, a worker will have to master both the science of computing and the art of human relations.

It will be a world where the man in the gray flannel suit is more likely to be an African American -- or not a man at all.

"The white male will no longer be the typical new American employee," Ms. Kleiman writes.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that black workers will make up 13 percent of entrants into the job market by 2005, up from 10.7 percent in 1990.

Hispanic workers will account for 15.7 percent of new entrants, up from 7.7 percent in 1990. Asian and other minority workers will be nearly 6 percent of new job seekers, up from 3.1 percent.

Technology will transform even the most familiar of jobs.

As the economy continues to shift toward services, jobs in restaurants, health care, banking and education will proliferate.

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