The Rise Of The Contract Workers A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is made up of workers under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the workforce. NPR explores many aspects of this shift.

According to a recent NPR/Marist poll, 30 percent of Americans do something else for pay in addition to their full-time jobs. Ilana Kohn/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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When A Full-Time Job Isn't Enough To Make It

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Voices Of America's Contract Workers: 'I Love The Freedom'

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Houchang Golzari drives a Town Car for a service in New York City. He says the Black Car Fund compensated him for some of his lost wages after he was involved in an accident. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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The Future Of Benefits: A New York Program Might Provide A Model

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Tom Hansen's irregular pay leaves him and his wife, Gina Barr, juggling their finances to pay the bills. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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For One Family, Contract Work Means 'Feast Or Famine' As Income Varies

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Alex Belfiori, 28, is a contract worker at Dick's Sporting Goods near Pittsburgh. An NPR/Marist poll shows 65 percent of contract workers are men and 62 percent of such workers are under 45. Lynn Johnson for NPR hide caption

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The Mystery Of Contract Work: Why So Many Guys?

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"Being a freelancer, you really have to be on top of your emotional and mental health," says Carolina Salas, a New York City freelance marketing expert. Justin T. Shockley hide caption

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Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

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John Vensel is a contract attorney at the Orrick law firm in Wheeling, W.Va. He says contract work is today's economic reality. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Freelanced: The Rise Of The Contract Workforce

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Chris Beatty, 26, works at a Radial warehouse in Burlington, N.J. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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'Don't Think A Robot Could Do This': Warehouse Workers Aren't Worried For Their Jobs

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A Close-Up Look At Contract Workers

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Nina Irizarry says she was sexually harassed in various jobs as a contractor but didn't have a human resources person to turn to or an employer to sue. Justin T. Shockley/Courtesy of Nina Irizarry hide caption

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Unequal Rights: Contract Workers Have Few Workplace Protections

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Gig Economy Renews Debate Over Whether Contractors Are Really Employees

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