Would You Encourage Your Kid to Work in IT?

By Deb Perelman  |  Posted 2008-05-19 Print this article Print

Between outsourced jobs, feared salary competition from H-1B visa holders and the residual effects of the dot-com bust, IT as a field has been going through a confidence crisis for several years.

In fact, Gartner analyst Lily Mok told eWEEK in December that she'd seen a recent informal poll in which the majority of IT professionals said they would not recommend the IT career path to their children for these reasons.

Thus, it is of interest that a new poll finds that three-quarters of 1,000 IT professionals surveyed by The IT Job Board said they'd "definitely recommend" a career in their industry to their offspring. Furthermore, 70 percent said they felt that their jobs were secure and that they expected raises in the next year.

"Despite the current gloomy predictions, the IT sector also appears to be holding up well in the economic climate, backed up the increased number of applications to our site when compared to the same period last year," Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, told an Australian news outlet.

These optimistic parents may have the best in mind for their kids, after all--the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market for computer professionals will grow at a record pace through 2016, with some categories increasing by more than 50 percent.

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