At the very top of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of offshorable occupations in the United States is that of computer programmer [source: Moncarz, Wolf and Wright]. With so many stories over the past 15 years about computer programmers, software developers, IT analysts and other professionals in Bangalore and Mumbai, this probably isn't a big surprise. In fact, companies like Microsoft have garnered headlines by opening big operations in India in order to utilize the highly skilled and relatively low-cost labor force there. But rising wages in India and the advent of cloud computing has some observers wondering if this trend will reverse. With so many reasons to share the workload with others, however, it seems certain that outsourcing of all types will continue.
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