The Impact of Outsourcing and Offshoring on US Government IT Jobs!
If you were to go out to the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site and look at the prospect for IT Jobs the picture would be very rosy indeed! Better than average job growth in just about any IT job category you pick, from Database Admins to Web developers. Yes, the US government thinks things are looking pretty good in the world of IT Jobs. I, on the other hand, am not too sure. I don’t claim to know what methodology they used to come up with their outlook projections (but I am in the process of finding out), but I’m not sure they have taken some of the latest trends into consideration. Most large IT organizations have been automating their environments for years in order to increase the server to people ratio. This applies to most aspects of IT, from System Architects to Server Admins to DBA’s etc. etc.. Offshoring has been another major trend over the last decade that has impacted IT Jobs in the US. It started out with Service Desk functions and has expanded to just about every IT role imaginable.
Now, not all is gloomy though, the thing about IT jobs is that new ones are cropping up all the time as newer technologies such as Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Software as a Service gain traction in the commercial world. But for every IT role that is lost due to automation, outsourcing, offshoring and just plain old obsolescence, how many new ones are created in the US and other developed countries? My contention is that it will be the developing countries that see the lion’s share of growth in IT Jobs.
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