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The Offshoring of America's Top Jobs

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Many of America's top jobs are moving offshore. Which jobs are most likely to be hit by "offshoring" and what can you do to protect and safeguard your career?

Jobs that are most likely to be moved offshore have these Characteristics:

  • Work is highly repetitive (accounting)
  • Work is predictable and well defined (customer service)
  • Can be broken down into small manageable projects (software development)
  • Can be turned into a routine (Tele-marketing)
  • Proximity to the end customer is not important (phone based tech support of consumer products)
  • End customer has already moved offshore (semiconductor sales)

Jobs that are unlikely to move offshore have these Characteristics?

  • High degree of ambiguity (top management positions)
  • Unpredictable (hands on technical troubleshooting)
  • Understanding of the culture is critical (authoring books, marketing, comedians)
  • Time is of the essence (fast product development)
  • Requires a high degree of collaboration (making a movie)
  • Requires close proximity to the end customer (firefighting, auto repair, dental work)
  • Requires high degree of creativity and innovation (creating new products, technical breakthroughs, writing music)

 


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What can you do to protect and safeguard your Job?

  • Be the best in your field. Be much better than the next guy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be creative and innovative.
  • Market your accomplishments to your management.
  • Get out of any highly repetitive jobs that do not require close proximity to the customer.
  • Choose a career where the demand will be so high that even tapping into the huge, low cost labor markets of China and India will not fill all the jobs.
  • Choose a career from the "safe" list of jobs below.

 

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Our list of secure jobs and high risk Jobs

The list below shows four categories of jobs:

  1. Safe / No Risk: Most of these jobs are safe from offshoring due to the need for being physically close to the customer.
  2. Moderate Risk: These jobs might be starting to move offshore. There is no trend yet, but the nature of the work fits the pattern of a job that can be moved out of the US.
  3. High Risk: Many of these jobs have already started to move offshore. The nature of these jobs matches those that can be moved easily and managed remotely.
  4. Extreme Risk: You would have to be blind to not see that many of these jobs have already moved. The trend towards offshoring has been visible for more than a few years.

Finally, there is good news. The list of jobs that are safe from offshoring is much longer than the lists of jobs that are expected to be hit by offshoring.

 

Safe
Going
Going
Gone
No Risk
Moderate Risk
High Risk
Extreme Risk
Advertising Manager Chemist Aircraft Manufacturing Accountant
Airplane Mechanic Copy Editor Automotive Engineers Accounting Clerk
Architect Film Editor CAD Technician Assembly Line Worker
Artist Flight Attendant Computer Operator Equipment Maintenance Tech
Athlete Graphic Designer Computer Systems Analysts Factory Manager
Authors Insurance Agent Customer Service Person Industrial Engineer
Auto Mechanic Insurance Claims Processor Data Base Administrators Machine Operator
Baker Integrated Circuit Designer Hardware Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Bartender Lab Technician High Tech Sales Representative Production Control Specialist
Business Owner Molecular Biologist Network Engineer Production Engineers
Business Systems Analyst Pilot Operations Manager Production Supervisor
Carpenter Product Designer Payroll Clerk Purchasing Manager
Chef Sales Person Reliability Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Chiropractor Scientist Software Developer Reverse Engineering Specialist
Civil Engineer Telephone Operator System Administrator Textile Worker
Coroner Travel Agent Technical Support Person  
Court Reporter   Web Site Developers  
Delivery Driver      
Dental Assistant      
Dental Hygienist      
Dentist      
Dry Cleaner      
Electrician      
Entrepreneur      
Fire Fighter      
Fitness Trainers      
Florist      
Funeral Director      
Gardener      
Guidance Counselor      
Hair Stylist      
Headhunter      
Home Health Aides      
Hotel Manager      
Interior Designer      
Lawyers      
Legal Assistant      
Marketer      
Medical Assistant      
Medical Doctor      
Meteorologist      
Movie / TV Actor      
Movie Production Crew      
Musicians      
News Anchor      
Nurses      
Optician      
Park Rangers      
Pharmaceutical Sales Person      
Physician Assistant      
Plumber      
Policeman      
Post Office Worker      
Power Generation Engineer      
Power Generation Technician      
Program Manager      
Project Manager      
Psychologist      
Public Relations Specialist      
Real Estate Appraiser      
Real Estate Sales Person      
Roofer      
Security Guard      
Set Designer      
Shipping Clerk      
Surgeon      
Tax Accountant      
Taxi Driver      
Teachers      
Therapists      
Umpire      
Veterinarian      
Waiters      
Warehouse Manager      
Writers      

 

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