A new report from American Sentinel University entitled “Offshoring of IT Jobs-Myths and Realities” seems to be making the point that OK, well, offshoring (a.k.a. sending your job overseas) isn’t the evil t is purported to be. While I don’t agree with this conclusion at all, I think it would be helpful to examine its key findings. Helpful, if only to let you know how these pro-offshorers think- and to devise your own arguments against their prevailing rationale. “Notwithstanding the rapid development of information-technology industries in India and other countries with lower labor costs, the risks of the United States losing high-end IT jobs are much smaller than many recent high-profile reports suggest,” writes report author Jeremy Leonard. “A closer look at employment trends during and after the 2000-01 recession shows that, with few exceptions, most of the job losses that stoked offshoring fears were cyclical in nature and have been recouped.” Then, Jeremy Leonard adds this zinger: “IT offshoring risks are limited to low-end occupations (such as programmers, coders and support specialists) that are labor intensive, easy to codify, or require little face-to-face contact. ‘High-end’ jobs — that is, those which require advanced degrees in computer science or information systems as well as a good understanding of management and business processes — show no signs of secular decline, and are in fact now growing at rates common in the 1990s boom.” When I read this pablum, I see a line of thought that goes that OK, if you are just an IT grunt, then you-and your family’s well-being- are expendable in the name of higher profits. My impression of the report’s overarching elitist message is confirmed by reading the seven-page tome’s concluding grafs. “Fears of offshoring voiced in the past several years have proved to be overblown, for the simple reason that most of the job losses in high-end IT occupations were cyclical rather than structural. All high-end IT occupational groups — particularly software engineers — have experienced the strong job growth typical of the 1990s in the current economic expansion, and long-term projections suggest these trends will continue,” Leonard adds. “At the same time, some IT jobs — notably programmers,support specialists, database administrators and data entry clerks have one or more characteristics that put them at risk of offshoring, and those jobs will move offshore and see sluggish growth or absolute declines in the United States.” But hey, if we can ship more of these jobs out, there’s more opportunities for high-end IT types! “The silver lining to the possible offshoring of low-end IT jobs is lower costs for IT services, which may incite sectors with low IT intensity (such as health services) to more fully implement IT systems into their business organizations, further stimulating demand for high-end IT professionals,” Leonard writes. I can understand why an organization such as American Sentinel University would publish such a study. They offer online information technology degrees. By publishing research that says, in effect, some IT workers have a bleak future whiile software engineers will have the world as their oyster, that boosts the urgency for more applicants for courses where these types of skills are taught. But don’t sound happy about it. Hey Jeremy Leonard, how would you like to be an outsourced data-entry clerk now consigned to work at a Wal-Mart because your job was outsourced?