What is the current computer programmer job market outlook (part 2)

Information technology experts have pegged computer programming jobs to be among the more highly paid professions in the market today. Despite economic hiccups experienced by the United States’ economy in the previous year, the salary rates of computer programmers and other IT professionals still went up by an average of %3. There is definitely money to be had in computer programming, with entry level positions earning an average of $65,000, along with performance bonuses and other perks.The problem is that few people actually possess the qualifications that they need to fill in these computer programming jobs. The few people who have managed to gain the necessary skills are in high demand and they know it. They will hire out their skills to the company that can pay the most for them, and once they see a better opportunity, they will not hesitate to make a grab for it.It hurts a company to lose a truly skilled computer programmer. The companies that can afford it will try to make sure that the computer programmers residing in their stables are happy with their jobs, enough to stay there. For companies that cannot afford to match whatever package is being offered by competitors trying to pirate their workforce, they resort to other measures, such as outsourcing and hiring H1-B workers.Outsourcing: Taking the Job Elsewhere

Outsourcing is one of the hottest issues wracking the IT industry in the United States today. Instead of matching the price of highly skilled computer programmers, or even hiring green ones, they engage freelance computer programmers from overseas who can work on their projects for a lower price. These computer programmers are paid only on a project-to-project basis and they do not have to pay these outsourced computer programmers any perks.

Most of these computer programmers from overseas are skilled enough, but according to the FAQ sheet published by Computerworld.com, the total education and training of a computer programmer from overseas amounts to only an Associate degree from a school in the United States. It can be said that companies that outsource their computer programming projects may be shortchanging themselves. Outsourced computer programmers will still need a local lead programmer who has the expertise to oversee the work coming in from overseas.

Hiring Skilled H1-B Workers

In order to fill in the need for computer programmers in the market, many companies bring in skilled computer programmers from overseas into the United States to work for them for a short period of time using H1-B visas. This has sparked a hot debate in the IT community. It is claimed that the shortage of computer programmers locally is not that much of a problem and companies are only using this excuse to employ computer programmers at a cheaper rate. Nonetheless, it is not a guarantee that these H1-B computer programmers are as skilled as purported. The expertise of a local programmer will still be needed.

What Can Be Done

The excuse companies use to outsource computer programmers, or even bring them from overseas using H1-B visas, is that there is a lack in the home field for the skilled computer programmers that they need. The people who do have these skills come for a price that these companies cannot always afford to pay for.

If you are a person studying to be a computer programmer, what can you do? The industry needs computer programmers who are masters in a particular programming language and specialize in a specific field. To gain an edge over outsourced or guest personnel, gain the mastery of a specific computer language. And then, think of what kind of place you would like to work in, whether in banking, finance, education, medicine, and know what computer programming needs are required there.

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