Saturday, October 18, 2008

Careers Long Lived

Not long ago, a freshman asked me which career choices were least likely to face outsourcing in the foreseeable future.He'd been reading some Friedman, but I'd been hip deep in Kurzweil so the prospect of transferring a job to India was tame compared to the half mad possibilities Mr. Accelerating Returns loves to espouse.

If it can't be outsourced, it can probably be automated, and automation's not an if question, it's a when, thus searching for that most elusive Methuselahed career path those things hardest to automate will croak last. Soldiers (not pilots - good UAV's will kill that sooner rather than later), Muscisians, Attorneys, Cops, and Doctors I thought would be safe for at least a while longer.

Wrong.

Automation, now there's a career path.

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