2004-10-15 15:36:07 UTC
Endangered species: US programmers
Thu Oct 14, 7:32 AM ET
By David R. Francis, The Christian Science Monitor
Say goodbye to the American software programmer.
Once the symbols of hope as the nation shifted from manufacturing to
service jobs, programmers today are an endangered species.
They face a challenge similar to that which shrank the ranks of
steelworkers and autoworkers a quarter century ago: competition from
Some experts think they'll become extinct within the next few years,
forced into unemployment or new careers by a combination of offshoring
of their work to India and other low-wage countries and the arrival of
skilled immigrants taking their jobs.
Not everybody agrees programmers will disappear completely.
But even the optimists believe that many basic programming jobs will
go to foreign nations, leaving behind jobs for Americans to lead and
manage software projects.
The evidence is already mounting that many computer jobs are
endangered, prompting concern about the future of the nation's