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My friend Jim Huntington has written a book that got an Eppy (independent book publishers) award called Work’s New Age, in which he discusses how the job scene has changed permanently and has some notions about how to work and look for work within this new paradigm. While I haven’t always agreed with him, he is certainly thought-provoking. He also maintains a blog and he’s just posted a new entry about specific careers people might want to look into, based on their resistance to being out-sourced or automated into non-existence. The post is at : http://worksnewage.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-career-fields-best-resist.html but here it is in full:

What Career Fields Best Resist Automation and Globalization?

In Work’s New Age, the largest reasons for jobs to be lost are automation and globalizaton.  Automation generally comes down to two questions – how resistant a job is to robotics, and how resistant it is to computer algorithms and connectivity.  Globalization is a factor when a job does not need to be done locally.

Which career fields, in general, are most locally bound?  This table presents the average ratings within each of the 25 U.S. Department of Labor occupation groups, weighting each job equally, using ratings of 1 for low local boundness, 2 for medium, and 3 for high, in order from most to least locally bound:

 

Occupation   Group 1 to   3 Scale Average   Result
Building and Grounds Cleaning 3.00 Very Locally Bound
Construction and Extraction 3.00 Very Locally Bound
Food Preparation and Serving 3.00 Very Locally Bound
Personal Care and Service 2.88 Very Locally Bound
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 2.86 Very Locally Bound
Installation, Maintenance, and   Repair 2.78 Very Locally Bound
Community and Social Service 2.70 Very Locally Bound
Healthcare 2.69 Very Locally Bound
Protective Service 2.57 Very Locally Bound
Transportation and Material   Moving 2.31 Somewhat Locally Bound
Education, Training, and   Library 2.29 Somewhat Locally Bound
Entertainment and Sports 2.25 Somewhat Locally Bound
Management 2.07 Somewhat Locally Bound
Sales 2.06 Somewhat Locally Bound
Production 1.90 Somewhat Locally Bound
Office and Administrative   Support 1.89 Somewhat Locally Bound
Legal 1.67 Somewhat Locally Bound
Life, Physical, and Social   Science 1.65 Somewhat Locally Bound
Media and Communications 1.60 Somewhat Locally Bound
Architecture and Engineering 1.30 Not Locally Bound
Arts and Design 1.30 Not Locally Bound
Business and Financial 1.28 Not Locally Bound
Math 1.00 Not Locally Bound
Computer and Information   Technology 1.00 Not Locally Bound
Military 1.00 Not Locally Bound
Overall   Average 2.18 Somewhat Locally Bound

 
How about resistance to robotic technology?  When we use the same 1-2-3 system, also averaged among each job within each occupational group, we get this comparison:

Occupation   Group 1 to   3 Scale Average   Result
Business and Financial 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Community and Social Service 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Computer and Information   Technology 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Education, Training, and   Library 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Entertainment and Sports 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Legal 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Life, Physical, and Social   Science 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Management 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Math 3.00 Very Resistant to Robotics
Architecture and Engineering 2.93 Very Resistant to Robotics
Healthcare 2.81 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Arts and Design 2.80 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 2.71 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Personal Care and Service 2.68 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Media and Communications 2.60 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Sales 2.59 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Food Preparation and Serving 2.50 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Protective Service 2.50 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Installation, Maintenance, and   Repair 2.49 Generally Resistant to Robotics
Building and Grounds Cleaning 2.17 Somewhat Resistant to Robotics
Office and Administrative   Support 2.11 Somewhat Resistant to Robotics
Transportation and Material   Moving 2.03 Somewhat Resistant to Robotics
Military 2.00 Somewhat Resistant to Robotics
Construction and Extraction 1.80 Somewhat Resistant to Robotics
Production 1.19 Not Resistant to Robotics
Overall   Average 2.45 Generally Resistant to Robotics

 

 

The third table shows susceptibility of a job to being automated through computing algorithms and computing connectivity.  Applying the same 1-2-3 scale job-by-job produces the following:

Occupation   Group 1 to   3 Scale Average   Result
Building and Grounds Cleaning 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Food Preparation and Serving 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Installation, Maintenance, and   Repair 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Military 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing Algorithms   and Connectivity
Personal Care and Service 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Protective Service 3.00 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Construction and Extraction 2.98 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Management 2.93 Very Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Life, Physical, and Social   Science 2.74 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Community and Social Service 2.70 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Transportation and Material   Moving 2.69 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Healthcare 2.69 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Production 2.68 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Math 2.60 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Entertainment and Sports 2.50 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Education, Training, and   Library 2.35 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Sales 2.35 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Media and Communications 2.30 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Arts and Design 2.20 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Architecture and Engineering 2.07 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Legal 1.83 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Business and Financial 1.80 Somewhat Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Office and Administrative   Support 1.74 Somewhat Resistant to Computing Algorithms   and Connectivity
Computer and Information   Technology 1.38 Not Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity
Overall   Average 2.58 Generally Resistant to Computing   Algorithms and Connectivity

 

As you can see, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, some of the careers that have been first will later be last.  You will see a number of rather modest occupations close to the top, and some with excellent reputations and even consensus high future expectations near the bottom.

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Unable to attend any of the “Winning Resumes” workshops to be presented by Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center (Wednesdays, January 11 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.  at Fremont Main Library; January 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Newark Library; and January 20 from  3:30-5 p.m. at Union City Library)?  Don’t worry.  Let Cypress Resume help you write your winning resume.  Just be ready to enter your basic information (personal, professional and education).  To start, visit the Alameda County Library home page at www.aclibrary.org, find the Research tab and select A-Z Resources.  Cypress Resume is under the “C” resource list.   Selecting  Job Search then Resume instead of A-Z Resources will also lead you to Cypress Resume.

Beware of job-hunting scams as you conduct your job search.  The best of luck to you in this new year.

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Mark your Calendar for this seminar:

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday, December 5,  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mark Jennings, an Executive Staffing Consultant with 20 years experience demystifies the job hunt process and takes a practical, hands-on approach from the eyes of a job seeker.  He explains what you must do NOW if you expect to get hired in this economic climate. In just 120 minutes you will learn:

  •  The 4 key things that must be on everyone’s resume
  • When to implement your 23 second advertisement
  • What the LF is and why it’s the key to getting hired
  • The 7 P’s to a successful job hunt
  • The One word that will separate you from your competition
  • 3  ways to ensure your resume gets in the hands of the decision maker
  • How to get a hiring manager to call and beg you to join their company
  • The 7 second introduction
  • How to discuss the 19 things that are never on a resume
  • A guaranteed phrase that will get you job referrals

 This seminar is free. No registration is required.

 

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