3.23.2004

Next on the job outsourcing list Mlive.com/The Wall Street Journal (3/23)

"Sheryl Matta earns roughly half what she did a few years ago, and every month the job market in her field seems to get worse. She points to a single cause: offshoring.

A medical transcriptionist, Ms. Matta took her latest pay cut in January, when the Rockville, Md., company she had been working for lost a contract to a competitor that outsources work to India, and she was laid off. After scrambling for a month, she found more work transcribing notes that physicians dictate -- but will need to work 15 hours a day at her new employer's 7-cents-a-line pay rate to hit her goal of earning $2,000 a month.

"I can't make a living at this anymore," says Ms. Matta, 54 years old,"

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The list of jobs being affected by the movement of U.S. work to lower-cost countries around the world is growing. American companies have shipped computer-programming and call-center jobs to educated workers in India, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere for the past decade. Now, workers in a wide range of other fields, from accountants to electrical engineers, are discovering that their jobs aren't immune from offshore outsourcing.

"You've got to look in the rear-view mirror when there's someone else coming on the job scene who can do what you can do for less," says John McCarthy, a Forrester Research Inc. vice president."

[snip]

"Some technical writers in the U.S. already have seen their wages and job opportunities plummet. Michele Davis, 39, a self-employed technical writer in Minneapolis, says she earned $100,000 three years ago -- but only $12,000 in 2003. She knows several technical writers who have been forced to take retail jobs paying about $10 an hour with no benefits."

And there's the rub: No Benefits. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Welcome to the 19th century! Coming next: child labor (oh, you think we're kidding? Read any interview with Grover Norquist).

Here are some more jobs the article lists...


  • Accountants and tax professionals

  • Architects and drafters

  • Legal and investment research

  • Insurance claims processors


Never thought about architects and drafters before. We can't wait until 'Stock broker' joins that list and a certain segment of New York & New Jersey freak out a bit. Just a thought (or a new business plan? hmmm)

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