Picking the Right Job in the Age of Outsourcing

This newsletter has committed quite a bit of space recently to the outsourcing trend in IT employment, which has been the bane of more than a few techies’ existences. We also try to keep our readers ahead of the curve, though, by updating them on the jobs, skills and certifications that will keep them afloat in these choppy waters. This month, we spoke with Stefano Stefan, the assistant director of business, management, legal and IT programs at the University of California-Irvine Extension, about what he thinks will stay in-country and what’s going to be sent overseas.

“The one trend that seems to be emerging is that anything that’s fairly repeatable—something that you can give someone instructions to do—is likely to be outsourced,” he said. “Something that’s more connected with business purposes and requires close contact with management is more likely to stay over here.”

According to Stefano, vocations that require “big-picture,” creative thinking will remain in the United States and will continue to fuel domestic job creation in IT, even as entry-level positions are sent to the other side of the world. He added that two particular roles, systems analyst and business analyst, were going to be especially essential, because they link users to information in organizations.

Business analysts educe the needs of application end-users, and analyze business processes, Stefano said. Their comprehension of the latest IT solutions helps them work with company leaders to figure how IT can meet their needs, and serve as…



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