Originally posted by herb slocomb:
The Gloom and Doom in the US IT sector seems a little too all pervasive, so for some good news check out the Sept issue of Business 2.0. They cite some predictions by Forrester or some other well known group that claims the demand for software programmers will double within next 10 years due to the demographics of fewer younger people in the workforce and more older people retiring. Demand for Database Admins will be up 66% also. Three of the top ten hotspots in terms of job growth will be in my home state of Florida : Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami.
I just glanced over the article, and didn't see how they accounted for the burgeoning outsourcing trends... For now, why don't we assume that the pie will be growing so big, so fast, that as the economy recovers there's more than enough for everbody.
Also, no spoiling the good news by poking any holes in the research/prediction assumptions and methodologies
Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:
Florida may be a good place to look. Salaries are very low by US standards, but so is cost of living. I spent a week in Tampa subbing for someone once and lived in his company apartment, a legitimate luxury 2-bedroom condo which rented for all of $600 a month. House prices began in the low 50K area for something decent, and a top-notch palace with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, pool, lanai (screen house) and 2 car garage) sold for between 120 and 140K.
Salaries and contract rates were pretty piss-poor however.