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    I've been in the field for almost 20 years.

    Small companies outsource, too. That's not the ticket. The ticket is to work in areas that can't be outsourced. I currently work in a medical device firm, where I do the motion controller software for a robot. I also to interface software where I have to travel extensively to partner sites.

    One way is to work in areas where the cost of outsourcing exceeds its benefits (custom hardware).

    Another way is to be more of a domain expert, where you have a deep understanding of the business processes. With that knowledge, you probably end up supervising the outsourcing.

    The thing that sucks for newly-minted grad is that this dynamic allows for precious little in entry-level jobs.

    So, if you really want to be a CS only (no other engineering), grad school is a must, but I would seriously look at MIM or MBA programs, if that interests you.

    One other thought, which has bugged me for a long time: We always hear the powers-that-be saying we need more people educated in science and math, but then they make the career path in these areas extremely difficult. Kids aren't stupid. They see that life after 40 for software types is extremely difficult, so they pick careers that have longer lifespans. I really don't understand why more people don't see this.

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    Hopelessly pedantic since 1963.

    by admiralh on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 08:35:15 AM PDT

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