Globalization and the American IT Worker

Norman Matloff wrote a solid paper called Globalization and the American IT Worker, published in the latest issue (Nov. 2004) of Communications of the ACM. Here’s a rather bleak quote:

University computer science departments must be
honest with students regarding career opportunities
in the field. The reduction in programming jobs
open to U.S. citizens and green card holders is per-
manent, not just a dip in the business cycle. Students
who want technological work must have less of a
mindset on programming and put more effort into
understanding computer systems in preparation for
jobs not easily offshored (such as system and data-
base administrators). For instance, how many gradu-
ates can give a cogent explanation of how an OS
boots up?

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

One thought on “Globalization and the American IT Worker”

  1. I cited this to a student of mine, because my students show too much enthusiastic to coding and trying out new software, but do not think enough.

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