Yes, I realize it is discrimination. And I know there are plenty of outstanding IT pros that are 40 (I fall into this category, by the way), 50, 60+. But here's the thing - this business is incredibly stressful. That stress takes its toll -- especially when you're above the age of 40 (where there are plenty of other stresses to add to the mix).
I don't think younger members of the industry are the only successful workers. But I do firmly believe they are capable of withstanding the stress better -- stress that probably won't wind up causing them undo high blood pressure or worse.
And I am also not saying that someone who is in their 50s isn't worth employing. If you've had a long career in IT you have earned that and are probably used to the stresses that accompany the job. But if you are 40 or 50 and you're just now thinking of getting into this field, try another career first.
Maybe I would have better represented my opinion by stating: The IT industry is not the best new career for someone beyond their prime.
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