If you work with computers, chances are your employment prospects are good – depending on what you do with computers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 13% of the 96,000 jobs added in August were IT positions. Both software developers and computer hardware engineers saw the unemployment rates for their careers drop significantly from the first to the second quarter of 2012. And surveys of CIOs indicate that IT budgets are increasing and hiring will continue to improve during 2013.
It sounds good, right? Well, yes, for the most part. But not for everyone. Unemployment seems to be on the rise for computer support specialists, with the rate rising from 7.1% to 8.2% between the first and second quarters of 2012.
Expert also say that a serious division is coming – indeed, it may already be here – between people who tell computers what to do and people whose computers tell them what to do. That divide will be global and profoundly economic, creating an increasing rift between the haves and the have-nots.
If you want to be among the haves, get a solid technical education. Forget English, and focus on math, science, engineering, and technology. Or figure out how to write a runaway bestseller.