5 Jobs You Thought Were Safe From Outsourcing But Aren't

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The debate over job creation has dominated the political landscape of 2012. And with good cause, too, given the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. With so many out of work, it's maddening to many that from 2000-2010, 2.4 million people have been hired by U.S. multinationals in jobs outsourced abroad, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal.

Economists may argue that such "offshoring" actually results in the net creation of jobs in this country by making companies more efficient. But in the meantime, no one can deny that jobs in information technology, legal document preparation and countless financial services like tax preparation and insurance underwriting are being done by foreign workers.

And the list goes on. An analysis put together by The Atlantic of the jobs most susceptible to offshoring includes a diverse list: physicists, pharmacists and medical transcriptionists, among others. In an age in which the physical location of the worker matters less and less, thanks to advances in digital technology, are there any jobs left that are truly safe from offshoring?

Perhaps not. AOL Jobs has taken a look at five occupations for which it would be unthinkable that foreign workers could compete with American workers. But they do anyway.

Claire Gordon contributed to this report.




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toddisit

Our government should be outsourced. That is the only way they will ever understand.

October 01 2012 at 9:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ladyrosedeky

My problem with getting anything made prefab for construction from China, is control over what it's made with. How many times have we found out that products made in China have toxic contents which end up making people sick?

For example, toxic dry wall from China. Many who bought brand new homes didn't know the dry wall used in their homes were built with an inexpensive dry wall their builder got at a much lower price on bid from China. Once they moved into their new homes, they become ill from the toxins that were being emitted into the very air they had to breath.

So the question is, how long is it going to be before we find out how inferior these products are because China doesn't have the quality control and laws we do? You know, the controls so many say keep American businesses from being able to compete? Well if we are producing a better quality and safer product, then that is the selling point. Not that we are being under bid. Prove what you are being under bid on is an inferior product and won't last. Don't complain, get real.

October 01 2012 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gwhjelm

Maybe we can immigrate with job? America is being sold piecemeal by robotic company's that have no feeling or need for America. We won't have to wait very long for our demise, and it won't come from some foreign military power, but from within. Our own government on both sides are the one's responsible for the impending destruction of America. We are quickly becoming a country that manufactures nothing, but uses everything! It won't be long until someone finds a way to outsource the service economy, that we have, and move it offshore. No one will have to live here anymore, because what will be left won't require people. The whole country will be computer's and robots, and the population that will be left on this spot of the globe will be hunter's and gather's wearing skins of the last few animals to be found in north America. Then I heard a voice from far off say Wake-up, wake-up! You were having a nightmare while Romney was speaking at the first debate. Thank God that it wasn't real! Or, was it?

October 01 2012 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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polarbears217

Correct...This may sound like treason, but if the basic ideas of what this country is no longer exists....why are we pledging allegiance to it?....to a flag that stands for nothing?....I\'d like more than the promise of liberty or a pursuit of something....I\'d like to actually reach it and touch it.....

October 01 2012 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
realrambo

I have to take you head on withthe so called saving on the Oakland bay bridge , in the hundreds of millions???? yeah right they have been working at it since 1989.....
Lets be more specific ,
How much did they really saved , no one has seen a bid from an American Company have you ?
In the same stride how much have they saved by having those 15b or 20 cranes build in China ?
And since you are most likely an Apple user how much does it cost the City of Cupertino to have Apple not generating revenue there , at their head quater likewise for HP .and the list goes on ....
It is nice to give job and income to peoples , those Companie saved an average $800 per worker per month , Please now look at it the other way how much these $800 or so would actually would hasve saved the USA by providing jobs at steel mill standing idle,this would have given job to truckers , restaurants , furniture makers ,movie theatre ,you name it it would have contributed to it and certainly to the biggest association of Gangsters , yes Gangsters , the BANKS and related industry titles co ,mortgage Co etc , this is the real cost of outsourcing , You convenientely list President Obama when in reality the process and downward spril was started and going full swing under Bush , who borrowed money fro the Chinese to give us a tax refund {He must have forgotten that day His own words following the collision and interception of the US spy plane off the Chinese Coast \"\"there will be conscequences\"\" those wre his words !
they must be laughing at the Communist Party in China , they took the USA without firing a single bullet ,and that is remarkable! while 10 of thousands died fighting them .
Everyone look for a saving by exporting their factory all over Asia , few are actually looking at out North American neighbor Mexico , the wages are barrely higher than China and you do not need a containership to transport their good , buy doing so we would help their economy , by the way they are barrely more expensive than the Chinese . and resolve a pretty good portion of the illegal immigration everyone is complaining about .
I challenge you to writte something about that , but more important to find someone that will publish it .
I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican , simply an American witnessing the biggest tragedy since the last depression , you have a few years in front of you remember that .







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October 01 2012 at 12:41 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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