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April 24, 2007
What lost programming jobs?
My BW colleague Catharine Holahan just wrote a story about the surge in demand for engineers and Web designers in the US. It was just four years ago that analysts warned that millions of software jobs would flee the country for lower-cost climes, and yet we now have a rock bottom 3% unemployment rate for software engineers. Her numbers show that overall the tech industry is adding jobs at a rapid rate. And that's in spite of that fact that manufacturing left for China and Taiwan and isn't returning. One factor in the shortage: So many American youngsters got scared and decided not to pursue computer science degrees. Maybe this news will start to reverse that trend.
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I wouldn't count on our kids taking college courses in order to get into the IT work place. They know what happened to American IT workers and now they are very hesitant to get into any field that has been outsourced.
Just like our laid off manufacturing workers, if they can find another job, earning the same money, they are not getting back in manufacturing for fear that job too, will be gone.
Posted by: Bobc at April 25, 2007 09:32 AM
This is one story that Lou Dobbs would not cover, not even mention it in passing. Anything that does not fit his views is bunkum.
"You are either with me, or you are against me"
Posted by: Mikos Andres at April 25, 2007 08:05 PM
Steve and his BW colleague Catharine Holahan
remind me of predatory lenders peddling toxic loans to unsuspected public. The lenders probabaly even more honest, at least there is
Software and electrical engineering as a mass professions are dead.
Anyone in the trade know about it.
Employed professional with 32 years expr.
Posted by: swtep at May 1, 2007 03:32 AM
All the media hype about American IT workers left jobless and peniless as their jobs were outsourced en masse has left a terrible misperception that there are no jobs for IT engineers in US. Here in silicon valley companies are screaming out for people with right skills and experience. You dont have to be a walk-on-water kind of genius to get a job. If you have been diligent, done your homework and kept up with requisite skills over past few years jobs upwards of $80k are aplenty here. High school kids get their feedback only from the hype fed to them by Lou Dobbs and other media alarmists. On any given day, an average graduating software engineer has far better prospects of landing a job than a lawyer, analyst etc.
Posted by: SoftwareGuy at May 1, 2007 09:59 AM