Made in the USA—3 Jobs That Shouldn’t Be Outsourced

For U.S. businesses seeking to cut operating costs, outsourcing—shifting jobs out of the United States to lower-wage foreign countries—is an increasingly popular practice.[i] While the first jobs to be sent offshore were primarily in the textiles and manufacturing industries, today, more and more seemingly safe, white-collar jobs “in design, research, and technical development” are also vulnerable to moving overseas.[ii] [iii] In 2011, a whopping 2,273,392 U.S. jobs were outsourced with 44% of companies doing so to reduce costs.[iv] [v]

Many jobs can be outsourced now—so how can you recognize jobs that are vulnerable?

These industries seem ideal for outsourcing now-a-days:[vi]

  • Manufacturing
  • Call centers
  • Information technology
  • Security

Before you send out your résumé, beware that these are jobs are targets for outsourcing:[vii]

  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

Have no fear, however, because we've identified 3 jobs that should be safe from outsourcing:[viii]

Financial Managers

Average Pay Reported by the BLS: $103,910 per year or $49.96 per hour[ix]

Education: Typically a Bachelor’s degree is needed in a major such as economics, accounting, finance, or business administration. However, many employers may want to hire employees with a master’s degree now-a-days.[x]

Job Description: Financial managers are in charge of ensuring organizations’ finances are in good working order. They may prep business reports, review financial reports, remain up-to-date with market trends, and come up with financial plans for organizations.[xi]

Anticipated Job Growth: According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics(BLS), employment for financial managers is anticipated to rise 9% between 2010 and 2020.[xii]

Meeting and Convention Planners

Average Pay Reported by the BLS: $45,260 per year or $21.76 per hour[xiii]

Education: Most of the time, a Bachelor’s degree is needed.[xiv]

Job Description: Meeting and convention planners are usually responsible for coordinating and planning professional events. They might meet with clients to determine the scope of the events, visit potential even locations, and garner bids from different vendors such as photographers and caterers.[xv]

Anticipated Job Growth: The Bureau of Labor and Statics expects a job growth of 44% from 2010-2010—a percentage that is faster than average.[xvi]

Loan Counselors or Officers

Average Pay Reported by the BLS: $56,490 per year or $27.16 per hour[xvii]

Education: There are different types of loan officers. Some jobs only require a high school diploma and on-site training while commercial loan officers are usually expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or economics.[xiii]

Job Description: Loan officers are usually responsible for gathering financial information, meeting with companies or people to answer questions about loans, and determining if applicants should be approved for loans. Commercial loan officers often focus only on providing loans to businesses while consumer loan officers grant loans to consumers.[xix]

Anticipated Job Growth: The BLS believes that there should be a 14% job growth increase between 2010 and 2020—as fast as average for jobs[xx].

Other jobs that may be safe from outsourcing:[xxi]

  • Training and Development Managers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Health and Safety Engineers, except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
  • Mining and Geological Engineers, including Mining Safety Engineers
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Sociologists
  • Urban and Regional Planners