Dear Eric: My name is Patrick Hagan, and I have 25 years of mainframe systems and applications experience with extensive non-mainframe knowledge. I would not recommend an IT career to anybody because:(2) Even if you do keep up, thanks to the IT Catch-22 rule: you may be educated but if you do not have the specific level and type of experience you will not get the job. (3) Thanks to L1 Visa people you have to be a low cost provider at below the cost of living because an unlimited number of $10 an hour people with free room and board can take IT jobs. (Other careers will be next). (4) Finally, IT is just a staff function where if you have a job you will work long hours and receive very little training to keep up with IT advances because they are not job related. You are a resource to be used and thrown away afterwards. Things should get very interesting in the next couple of years because according to the computer trade press 50 percent or more of the people in high school and college who were going to major in IT have decided on non-IT careers. Also, many people with IT experience have left IT and are not coming back. I have also noticed that the IT Technical Schools are no longer advertising IT careers. They are now pushing health care and nursing.
(1) As you mentioned in your article, the ongoing IT technology education requirements are extremely demanding so you have no life outside of work.