It is no secret these days that many of the large corporations are outsourcing their work to countries like India, North Korea and China but have you as a future student taken into consideration how outsourcing might effect your choice of careers because there are areas of employment which will enjoy some protection from outsourcing and other areas which will only be effected in terms of how much damage outsourcing does to the nation’s economy on the whole.
It would be a wise decision to consider that you might not want to have to compete for work with those in countries who have much lower living costs but same education or skills. This means areas of employment that can be readily outsourced which would include anything to do with the software side of computers which basically means if they don’t need to drive over to your house to do the work , it can be outsourced at wages that probably are not going to sound attractive, especially when you may be saying that you were making more than that at your old job before you got your degree.
This is not exclusive to the big corporations either. As an example this writer recently had an idea that needed someone of much higher knowledge to make it come to life. After asking a few very smart friends and co-workers if they could do it or where to get the kind of help needed it was unanimously recommended to try one of the bigger free lance for hire sites which resulted in my getting a very competently completed project for a price much less than expected from someone located in India. Who wouldn’t use that service once aware they could get much more talented people at a much lower prices?
Keep in mind nobody could be found in the states who thought they could do it, so price was really never allowed to be an issue. However it is a safe assumption that it would have cost considerably more because the people asked were expected to be much more expensive than was finally paid, so considering someone with a higher level of skill than them was needed it is without doubt if someone in the states could have done it; the cost would have been more.
Many smaller companies will soon be forced to follow their larger version’s footsteps if they want to stay in competition so don’t think the biggest part of the outsourcing has been endured. The worst might not yet have come.
Careers in the areas of health care, teaching, accounting (due to local tax laws this will be an in-country career) and of course most anything to do with law enforcement or legal matters will stay solvent because you can’t outsource that kind of work. Most any job that requires a special type of skill that must be done in person, will be a safe bet for future employment. What kind of wages those jobs will pay is also a fairly safe risk to stay same or similar to what they are now in respect to the current economy.
It is unlikely you will ever be rich but also unlikely you will ever be extremely poor if you choose a career that requires your personal input in either a physical manner or knowledge of localized information such as legal or tax matters.
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