Advice to a Junior in High School?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Wed Aug 27 03:50:16 CEST 2003

"John J. Lee" <jjl at> wrote in message
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> "Terry Reedy" <tjreedy at> writes:
> > The demand for software engineers has fluctuated up and down, in
> > various industries and regions, for decades.  An article in the
> > current Business 2.0 on the 'coming labor shortage' points out
> > you are part of the first generation in America to be numerically
> > smaller than your parents generation.  In ten years, when boomers
> > or are retiring, there will probably be a relatively shortage of
> > workers.
> Who knows?  There are plenty of clever, hard-working people in India
> who speak good English.  It would be a good thing if more computing
> jobs moved there, IMHO, and that certainly seems to be happening to
> extent already.

The same article pointed out that 1) much of the outsourcing is lower
level call-center jobs; 2) programmer salaries are already rising in
India because most of the good talent is already employed; 3) the
shortage anticipated is greater that the anticipated extra supply in
India, China, etc.  Who know...


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