For U.S. businesses seeking to cut costs, outsourcing is an increasingly popular practice. Jobs initially sent offshore were mostly manufacturing jobs, but nowadays employers are taking advantage of all types of cheap labor overseas.
You didn't spend years getting an education only to lose your livelihood to foreign workers. The monthly wages they earn wouldn't pay your cable bill here in the U.S. That's why it's imperative that you carefully research your chosen degree area prior to investing loads of time and money.
It Doesn't Matter What Color Your Collar Is
Blue collar, white collar -- Nearly all industries can be affected by outsourcing. Any company looking to save money is likely to investigate what savings can be had by moving some (or all) of their labor needs to a foreign country.
Is Your Career Choice Vulnerable?
When outsourcing first began, most college students and recent grads weren't concerned with whether or not their chosen industry would remain based in the U.S. Today, many workers realize they have equally educated and skilled workers competing for the same jobs overseas. To become more competitive, many now choose a career path that is firmly planted on our home turf.
Jobs That Are Here to Stay
Here are nine jobs that are not likely to be shipped oceans away (source: U.S. Department of Labor):
It's tough to clean teeth from across the world. A career as a dental assistant usually begins with an associate's degree from an accredited college or university.
People take their health seriously -- that's why a certification as a pharmacy tech is not likely to be outsourced.
It's hard enough to be motivated in-person. Offshore encouragement won't cut it. A career in fitness can begin with a certificate program.
Teachers need live help to care for kids. An anonymous, off-site representative just won't cut it when it comes to educating our kids.
Auto Repair Technician
Most car troubles can't be repaired with simple, over-the-phone instructions. An auto tech studies anywhere from 6 months to 2 or more years, and will always have a steady stream of live customers.
Along the lines of a dog trainer, pet grooming just must be done in person. This is usually only a certificate program.
This career depends fully on local workers -- plumbers definitely won't be phoning in from overseas to unclog your toilet.
A pet's health and happiness is of serious importance to most owners, and they won't be putting it in the hands of foreign workers. You can become a vet assistant by completing a certificate program.
This highly technical and hands-on job simply can't be done any other way, except live and in-person.