Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment

A job that allows self-sufficiency. There is no hard-and-fast definition of what constitutes gainful employment. For example, pizza delivery may pay the bills for one person but only serve as a cash generator for another. Gainful employment usually (but not always) implies work in a white collar or skilled blue collar position. Debt level, family commitments and other monthly bills affect the extent to which one is gainfully employed.
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In the United States, a highly mechanized nation, the proportion of the population ten years of age and older in gainful occupations has varied only six or seven per cent from its average figure during the 50 years from 1880 to 1930.
All too often highschool students are tracked into college oriented curriculums when their natural talents, abilities, interests (and perhaps even their family's financial circumstances) would be better served in finding and entering gainful occupations that do not require a college degree.
Men, women and even children engaged in gainful occupations find themselves in a position to spare from their earnings something for storing away against the rainy day.
The census of 1911, for example, netted just over 20,000 Calgarians credited with gainful occupations, and depending on the statistical source, 40-odd manufacturing enterprises then employed a payroll of anywhere between 2,000 and 3,500 people.
Reflecting his era, he couched this in terms of the patriarchal wage earner, asserting, "It is an intolerable abuse, and to be abolished at all cost, for mothers on account of the father's low wage to be forced to engage in gainful occupations outside the home to neglect of their ...

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