Okay, I have yet another piece of research that I want to blog about — I promise it will be the last one (at least for this week). An extensive study conducted by the Association for Computing Machinery (and reported in the New York Times) found that the perception of large numbers of IT jobs being outsourced to low-wage spots like India and China has been grossly exaggerated. The study reported the following:
- Only 2 to 3 percent of US IT jobs would be outsourced annually over the next decade
- More new jobs will be created in the US than the ones that will be lost
- The number of people working in IT is higher today than it was at the high water mark before the dot com bubble burst
However, on a darker note, the study also found that the perception that many of the IT jobs in the US are heading offshore is potentially hurting the US IT job market because that perception is helping to fuel the declining numbers of students entering computer fields at US colleges. If that trend doesn't change then US companies could be forced to look overseas for technology workers. That would make the now popular outsourcing myth a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about how technology is changing the way we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.