IEEE starting to wake up!

IEEE starting to wake up!

Post by Willia » Tue, 07 Jan 2003 05:33:22

Quote:> Like this Texas Workforce Commission page ?:

>    Hot Careers in Texas: Information Technology

>   "Texas will need up to 57,000 new Systems Analysts, Database
>    Administrators, and Computer Support Specialists within the next seven
>    to ten years. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of
>    Technology Policy, even the slowest growing occupation, computer
>    programmers at 29.5 percent, is expected to grow at more than twice
>    the average for all other occupations in the nation, currently
>    projected at 14.4 percent growth.

Note the words "up to" and "within the next seven to ten years".
In fact, everything there is expressed in either ranges, relative
terms, or projections. (In Texas, being in IT is still better than
the average job in terms of unemployment rate according to the last
chart I saw - about a week ago.)

Quote:>    With salaries ranging from $30,000 to over $50,000, IT occupations
>    earn at least 10% more than the statewide average income of $26,834.

True enough. (Though subsisting on unemployment is a lot easier if you
were earning $26,834 a year.)

Quote:>    Special programs and incentives are available to help people become
>    and remain IT professionals.

Note the words: "remain IT professionals" - doesn't that suggest
you have to keep up? (No different than in most professions, nurses,
doctors, lawyers, accountants all have to keep studying.) -Wm

IEEE starting to wake up!

Post by Mike Smit » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 02:28:56


> : Personally, I wanted to get into the software field from the day I saw
> : my first PET, before I even understood people take jobs to earn money.
> : (I was maybe 8 or 9 at the time.)  I just thought it was so *cool* that
> : I couldn't imagine doing anything else - and still can't, really.
> :
> The PET came out in 1977, per:

>    the Commodore PET Computer

Your point being?  Yes, the PET came out in '77, and it was around then that
I saw it - the first micro I'd ever seen - for the first time, sometime in
'78, when I was 8 or 9 (don't remember if it was before or after my
birthday, in September).  So?  Or were you just providing supporting

Mike Smith