Exploring Jobs In the Gig Economy Reviews

Gig Jobs in the Creative Arts: ISBN 978-1-6782-0384-9 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0385-6
Gig Jobs in Gaming: ISBN 978-1-6782-0386-3 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0387-0
Gig Jobs in High-Tech: ISBN 978-1-6782-0388-7 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0389-4
Gig Jobs in Social Media: ISBN 978-1-6782-0390-0 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0391-7
Gig Jobs in Transportation and Delivery : ISBN 978-1-6782-0392-4 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0393-1
Booklist, August 1, 2022

Possibilities for employment are numerous and varied, and those searching for a unique work experience might be interested in gig jobs. The Jobs in the Gig Economy series zeroes in on careers such as these, which often include freelance and contract work, self-employment, and artistic endeavors. The Creative Arts surveys gig jobs in writing, art,illustration, music, and photography and highlights the helpful role of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. High-Tech details the dramatic changes in technology and the internet that now allow for a wide variety of opportunities in programming, web design, and even hacking. Social Media describes this booming area, in which people can find work promoting products, managing the social media accounts of all types of companies, and creating and posting content. Transportation and Delivery discusses the rise of services such as DoorDash and Uber but cautions readers that it can be difficult to maintain a sustainable income from this work alone and that many of these gigs don't offer benefits such as health insurance. Each title opens with an “At a Glance” section that provides a bulleted outline of the book's main points before delving into the history, benefits and drawbacks, and future of each category of job. Large color photographs and short sentences in brief paragraphs make this series a fast read, and the topics discussed will be interesting to teens as well as adults. —Selenia Paz