Jobs That Will Never Be Outsourced

by Scott Morgan

As more and more American workers wonder if their jobs will be outsourced to other areas of the country or even across the ocean, some workers can feel safe that their jobs are likely to stay put. Circumstances that require a live person, on-site to handle a situation will make these jobs indispensable for a long time.

Medical and Healthcare

Surgeons, physical therapists, dentists, interns, nurses and assistants cannot do anyone much good if they are not in the room with a patient. Medical and healthcare staff may be trained far away, but their jobs are likely to be secure at home. The range of median income for healthcare professionals in 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was $20,170 for home health aides to $166,400 for physicians and surgeons.


No one is going to send their children to a babysitter or daycare center across the ocean. Babysitters, whether they work for themselves or as part of an agency, daycare workers, and nursery center managers will always need to be available to watch over the kids while the parents go to work. The median hourly wage for childcare workers was $9.28 in May 2010, and the field is expected to grow by 20 percent through 2020, according to the BLS.

Police, Fire and Emergency

Emergencies cannot be outsourced, so neither can emergency responders. If someone is breaking into your house, you need a police officer from your nearest station to come out right away. Likewise, if there is a fire or a medical emergency, someone from the other side of the world cannot help you. The median annual wage for police and detectives was $55,010, and $30,710 for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in May 2010, according to the BLS.

Plumbing, Maintenance and Locksmithing

In homes or offices, things still will go wrong with the pipes, the wiring, or the roof. And people will occasionally lose their keys. So long as there are mechanical items to maintain, someone nearby must be on hand to fix them or help you get back inside. The median annual wage for building equipment contractors overall was $52,390 and $36,680 for locksmiths in 2010, according to the BLS.

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