Collars of color

May 29, 2018








A blue-collar worker is a working class person who performs non-agricultural manual labor. Blue-collar work may involve skilled or unskilled manufacturing, mining, sanitation, custodial work, oil field work, construction, mechanic, maintenance, warehousing, firefighting, technical installation and many other types of physical work. The term blue-collar stems from the image of manual workers wearing blue denim or chambray shirts as part of their uniforms. Industrial and manual workers often wear durable canvas or cotton clothing that may be soiled during the course of their work.

A Gold Collar Worker is a newly formed phrase used to refer to highly-skilled knowledge people who are highly valuable to the company. The term was first used by Robert Earl Kelley in his 1985 book The Gold-Collar Worker.  


A Gray Collar Worker refers to the balance of employed people not classified as a white or blue collar. Although grey-collar is also something used to describe those who work beyond the age of retirement. 


A Green Collar Worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy. The term was first used by Patrick Heffernan in 1976. People working in alternative energy sources like solar panels, Greenpeace, World Wide Fund for nature etc.


An Open Collar Worker is a worker who works from home, especially via the internet.

A Red Collar Workers In communist nations like China and Vietnam, refers to a person in the employ of the government. Government workers of all types; derived from compensation received from red ink budget.  Red Collar Worker in the United States seems to refer to any worker who is subject to work at or below minimum wage for forty or fewer hours a week, effectively ensuring that they and their family will live at or beneath the poverty line and depend on public welfare for survival. 


Orange collar workers are Prison laborers, named for the orange jumpsuits commonly worn by inmates.





Pink Collar Worker is employed in a job that is traditionally considered to be women’s work and is often low-paid.



A Black collar worker has also been used to describe workers in illegal professions or people employed by the black market. It also describes manual laborers in industries in which workers generally become very dirty, such as mining or oil-drilling.

A Scarlet Collar Worker is a term often used to refer to people who work in the pornography industry, especially women entrepreneurs in the field of internet pornography. The color scarlet has traditionally been associated with adultery.


A White Collar Worker is a salaried professional, typically referring to general office workers and management. It originates from the color of dress shirts worn by professional and clerical workers.
The term "white-collar worker" was coined in the 30's by Upton Sinclair.


No collar worker Artists and "free spirits" who tend to privilege passion and personal growth over financial gain. This term was popularized on the reality game show Survivor: Worlds Apart. 
The quest for meaningful work that makes a difference is a core trait. also, people who work, but not for payment.




 A Virtual collar worker Robots performing manual repetitive tasks, both physical as well as virtual.

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