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Software Engineer becomes Extinct circa 2016

03/31/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, software

What is an "High Tech" worker? Since the Internet Bubble of the late 90's, many folk use "high tech" to be synonymous with "software" or "computer technology" or "Internet/Web". The first decade of my career was spent in aerospace as a system engineer [that's system, not systems, and refers to someone who architects and analyzes an entire system, not designs the subsystems that make up that system], manager of system engineering, and finally, consultant. As such, I've never actually considered software engineering as particularly "high tech", and certainly not the definition of the term.

An article at Fast Company states that

U.S. high-tech jobs
But software engineers can always get a job down at the garage.end quotation
-- Fast Company

I was pointed to the article from FlatWorldSoftwareDevelopment...

According to Fast Company, the occupation known as Software Engineer will disappear in the US around 2016...

"Do you think so too?end quotation
-- Flat World Software Development

I'm going to ignore both these folks assumption that "high tech job" equates with "software engineering job" and categorically state that "high tech" jobs won't ever disappear from the USA. Innovation can occur anywhere, and will continue to do so. Much of early rocketry came out of Germany and the old USSR; much of early Internet technology came out of Norway, as does much innovation in Wireless today, though Korea is big there too, as is the USA on the software side. The USA continues to innovate in software [read/write web, enterprise-class open source solutions, and security come to mind], bio- or life-sciences, "green" technology, nanotechnology and other material sciences, and even, still in aerospace.

Innovation can't be outsourced. It occurs wherever someone acts on an idea. [Come on, how many great inventions have you thought of, but never developed?] Acting on the idea makes one an innovator. Innovation, in whatever field, leads to jobs.

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Todd McGrath

I agree that innovation leads to jobs and further, I do not think the “software engineer” job will disappear from the US. I was asking a question and not implying my opinion.

03/31/06 @ 08:56
Comment from: JAdP

Todd, I absolutely understand that you were asking a question, and not voicing an opinion. The idea, which has become commonplace, that high-tech equals software, is where I disagree. But then I answered your question, here and in the next post.

03/31/06 @ 09:26
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