Originally Posted by fathergll
Thats a HUGE problem with the tech industry. Theres no protection and no standards. Its a complete and utter mess.
Basically a Computer Science degree from India holds the same weight as one from the U.S. A Nursing degree from India is worthless here unless the international RN's training program at least meets the US"˜s minimum educational requirement for registered nursing.
But is that just because IT is the only major industry to have started during the first wave of globalization? The IT/tech industry is barely 30 years old - medicine, accounting, law have hundreds or thousands of years of precedent to build on, from a time where protectionism was not only acceptable but practical (no way to build an international standard for nursing when the only communication is via telegram).
Other professions are going to start looking more like IT, not the other way around.
There is no such thing as the "default middle class" option any more, where you can get a degree, show up to some office for 40 hours a week every 40 years, support a family and retire with a pension. That idea worked for maybe 2 generations during a huge post-war boom (with marginal tax rates of up to 90%), now it's gone forever. The boomers are freaking out about it because it was what they were promised, but the upcoming generation has never even considered it to be an option. If you want that, you need to work your ass off to create that position for yourself and maintain it. We are all entrepreneurs now, whether we like it or not.
Another reason to get out. IT is viewed as purely an expense by management and they want to outsource it as much as can be. I sure as hell would be wary of trying to make a career as a programmer in this day and age when those jobs are going to be outbid by some hot shot programmer kid in eastern Europe making virtually nothing. Anything that can be done remotely will be in danger of being outsourced. DBAs, System Analysts, some Networking, Programmers...etc
Agree about programming. But then you wouldn't want to become a TV repairman either. Both are becoming more abstract and the low-level tech is becoming a black box (quite literally, there are no repairable components on a smartphone or netbook and the DMCA means it's now illegal to decompile software to figure out how it works).
The problem with outsourcing is communication. IT is already a highly technical field that most execs do not understand. Most of the execs I work with do not even know what it is they want and there's a long requirements eliciting process to figure that out. Just as important as finding out what execs really need is finding out what they think they want want that is unnecessary.
Add to that a large cultural/language barrier and successful outsourcing becomes very difficult. Where it does work is when there is someone in the middle who can speak to both worlds; the ability to elicit requirements from the executive level, communicate them to the technical team and then review the technical work to make sure it's not a total cock up.
In the long run, wages will reach parity - arbitrage is always temporary. This is already happening with India, where the wage gap is closing every year. Globalization is not the big issue in the long run. The big long term issues are that workers are becoming disposable short-term contractors across all industries, and that the bulk of the old middle class is being automated out of existence (file clerks? secretaries? typists?).
I sure as hell don't know of any Oracle certs that are going to get me close to $200,000 a year. Maybe if Im a superstar contractor with 10+ years in every technology under the sun than I might bank around $120,000.
IT/tech's drawbacks are also it's strengths. If you're self-motivated, entrepreneurial and can sell yourself then there's almost unlimited potential.
You can potentially start a company in your garage and have it become the next Google or Facebook. Hard to do that with medicine unless you want to get arrested or have a few million in capital. Those may be the outliers but there are a large number of niche software businesses/web apps that make their owners a very livable income.
It is not difficult to make over six figures in IT/tech if you put in the same number of hours it takes to make that much in similar fields. I can't think of any industries with a lower barrier to entry where those earnings are possible.