ACM Report of Globalization

The ACM announced last week that they were releasing a new report on globalization and the US labor market for Information Technology and Computing jobs. The report seems to put to rest the idea that there are no jobs from computing professionals. The following are a couple of interesting paragraphs from the press release.

IT Jobs Outlook Brightens
The study found that, despite intensifying competition, offshoring between developed and developing countries can benefit both parties. The study cited data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which indicates that more IT jobs are available today in the U.S. than at the height of the dot com boom. This trend is evident despite a significant increase in offshoring over the past five years. In fact, U.S. IT employment in 2004 was 17% higher than in 1999, and the BLS data reveals that IT jobs are predicted to be among the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade.

The report found that IT workers and students can improve their chances of long-term employment in IT occupations by acquiring a strong educational foundation, learning the technologies used in global software, and keeping skills up to date throughout their careers. Other steps the report deemed necessary for fostering the next generation of innovation include:

  • Sustaining or strengthening technical training and education systems
  • Sustaining or increasing investment in research and development
  • Establishing governmental policies that eliminate barriers to the free flow of talent

Education is pretty important if the US is going to keep up with the demand for IT professionals. The full report is available here.

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