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Characteristics of offshorable and non-offshorable jobs

A. Analysis of occupations Highly offshorable Offshorable Non-offshorable Highly non-offshorable All
Total offshorable employment
Level 9,517,000 22,116,667 9,525,167 104,976,167 146,135,001
Share 6.5% 15.1% 6.5% 71.8% 100.0%
Annual salary $36,246 $42,775 $33,116 $33,020 $34,713
By education (percent)
High school or less 28.5% 42.4% 41.4% 45.2% 43.5%
Some college 37.8 27.0 35.6 27.7 28.8
College or more 33.8 30.6 23.0 27.1 27.8
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
B. Survey methods Percent offshorable

Self-classified Inferred Externally coded
Less than high school 18.6% 14.3% 11.8%
High school or GED 17.3 19.8 19.3
Some college 22.4 22.1 23.8
Associate degree 22.9 22.8 17.1
College degree 34.6 42.8 26.4
Advanced or professional degree 37.0 38.5 16.9

Source: Authors' analysis of Bernstein, Lin, and Mishel (2007); Blinder (2007); Blinder and Krueger (2009, Table 4); and Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

Updated May 17, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table reflects authors’ analysis of the Bernstein, Lin, and Mishel (2007) analysis of data of Blinder (2007), matching Blinder’s occupational codes to the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) and Blinder and Krueger (2009) Table 4.

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