The Jobs Least Likely to be Outsourced

The Recruiters Lounge wrote a great post a few months ago worthy of repeat here. Author Jim Stroud tracked down the 10 jobs most and least likely to be outsourced based on the research of Nancy Folbre, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, and data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those jobs least likely to be outsourced are:

  1. Financial Managers
  2. Training and Development Managers
  3. Training and Development Specialists
  4. Meeting and Convention Planners
  5. Loan Counselors
  6. Health and Safety Engineers, except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
  7. Mining and Geological Engineers, including Mining Safety Engineers
  8. Food Scientists and Technologists
  9. Sociologists
  10. Urban and Regional Planners

When you compare this list to the jobs most likely to be outsourced, you’ll find something interesting which bears out Professor Folbre’s research findings. She has discovered that your job is more likely to be outsourced if [1] it can be automated, [2] it can be done without physical proximity or person-specific skills, and [3] it can be performed somewhere else cheaper. The proof is in the pudding:

  1. Computer Programmers
  2. Pharmacy Technicians
  3. Parts Salespersons
  4. Telephone Operators
  5. Billing and posting clerks and machine operators
  6. Computer Operators
  7. Data Entry Keyers
  8. Word Processors and Typists
  9. Tax Preparers
  10. Medical Transcriptionists

One of the keys to recession-proofing your career, then, is to position yourself in a role which is not a good candidate for outsourcing. What would that look like?

  • Gravitate toward career fields and jobs that are highly complex – too complex to be automated by a computer or other machine.
  • Select career fields and roles that require a domestic location and/or benefit from your career brand – that is, jobs that can only be done by people with rare skills and abilities that very few possess.

Career and personal branding, then, is one critical antidote to outsourcing, which gives you yet another reason to make sure your brand shines through your written communications (email signature, cover letters, resumes), oral communications (voice emails, conversations, interviews), and social networking presence (LinkedIn, Facebook).

Does yours?

If it doesn’t or you’re not sure it does, consider one of 2 action steps.

  1. Get your resume reviewed and brand assessed today.
  2. Get your LinkedIn profile reviewed.

Both options are available free, by the way, at

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