08-15-2008, 12:00 PM
Hello everybody, I want to get a computer software degree. I've been programming cnc machines for 2 years now, and I want to go back to school.
There is one major concern however; how you all feel about programming jobs being outsourced? I want to program games or applications, but I'm scared that my degree wont get me a good job. What IT degree would you suggest? I am very confused right now and I would appreciate any help. Thankyou
08-18-2008, 09:59 PM
There are some outsourcing concerns yes but there are still plenty of jobs out there. Were you considering getting a BS?
08-19-2008, 03:49 AM
yes, I want to get a bachelor of science in computing and software systems. I am scared that my degree will not be worth much in 10 years. I almost completed a 2 year ATA in computer programming at a community college, then I decided to change my degree to a general education transfer degree so I could transfer to a University. I am almost done with my transfer degree, and I really dig programming at work, and for fun. I am confused right now with all the outsourcing doom and gloom. How are programmers compensating for this outsourcing issue? Am I better off getting a bachelor of science in computer engineering? Thank you for your time.
08-19-2008, 06:26 AM
For better or worse, the doom and gloom phase is over. But it depends on where you are hoping to get a job I suppose though.
With computer programming, yes you do need to stay current with new stuff but don't worry about specific languages. Languages are just tools, the important thing is the know programming concepts, such as variables, classes, functions, algorithms, etc. Then to use a new language you just need to learn the syntax, the concepts are the same.
If you are concerned about lack of jobs in your area, go and look at what openings are out there now. If you see a lot of stuff you'd be interested in, that will be your answer.
08-19-2008, 10:21 AM
thank you, that makes me feel alot better. I live near seattle. There seems to be plenty of programming jobs around here. I'm just worried about how long those jobs will be available before they get sent overseas. I guess I live in a pretty good location for a programming career.
08-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Yeah Seattle isn't too bad and worse comes to worse, you can move down south closer to Silicon Forest and find more work.
08-21-2008, 06:13 AM
As someone who graduated recently (2 months ago) in Seattle (from the UW), I've been told that *good* computer science people will always be in huge demand -- and I believe it. Amazon hired me 6 months before they planned on using me (that is, I signed my documents in January, didn't start work until June) -- there's a huge amount of competition between Amazon, Google, and Microsoft up here, as well as the swarms of startups. Don't worry, if you have a good education, you'll find a job.
08-22-2008, 02:29 AM
hey nanodeath, that is great. I plan on going to UW Tacoma. So you got hired at Amazon before you finished your degree? that is awesome!