white collar

  

Definition

Refers to employees whose job entails, largely or entirely, mental or clerical work, such as in an office. The term white collar work used to characterize non-manual workers, but now it refers to employees or professionals whose work is knowledge intensive, non-routine, and unstructured. Historically, in the West, clerical workers wore white shirt collars but manual workers wore blue. See also blue collar.

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  • I got in my car. After years of school, I finally got my first white collar job. I hope it was worth it.

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  • Sometimes people will come from the blue collar work world to the white collar world and need a brief transition period.

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  • Having a white collar job will allow you to work without exerting to much physical energy through the day but you will still use a lot of mental energy.

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