Advice to a Junior in High School?

John J. Lee jjl at
Tue Aug 26 22:46:06 CEST 2003

"Terry Reedy" <tjreedy at> writes:

> "Howard Nease" <hnease at> wrote in message
> news:Ivw2b.1305$Ce2.314 at
> > have heard a whole lot about the fact that the market for software
> engineers
> > nowadays is *HORRIBLE*, and that I should double major or perhaps go
> into a
> > field of study in which I'm not very interested.
> 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 that
> you are part of the first generation in America to be numerically
> smaller than your parents generation.  In ten years, when boomers have
> or are retiring, there will probably be a relatively shortage of tech
> 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 an
extent already.

A lot depends on the location and degree of horror of world events, I
fear.  Just to cheer you up ;-/


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