US student's interest in computing declines

By Derek Sooman on May 2, 2005, 4:06 PM
Bill Gates has said that there is a decline in interest in computer science among U.S. students. Why might this be? Whilst its surely the case that computing technology is advancing at a steady pace, with lots to keep all sorts of people busy and interested, something seems to be discouraging people. Perhaps itís the constant threat of programming or support jobs being outsourced to India or China? After all, why bother at all when your job might vanish because someone else will do it for a fraction of the cost?

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jbalague said:
The reason is simple, Bill. Computer science has become more and more complicated thanks to corporations like Microsoft which makes things neddless obscure and complicated to eliminate competition.
jrbuck96 said:
There is declining income potential in IT right now, the offshoring of IT jobs, the management of companies treating us like a commodity. I understand completely why there is less interest in computer science degrees. It costs $20,000 or more to get a degree and companies are willing to pay us 15 dollars an hour for a job that used to pay over 20 dollars an hour. The Companies are to blame for treating us badly, outsourcing IT staffs to save money, then hiring us for 2/3 of what we used to make. It will also be the companies' problem when 10 to 20 years from now there is a shortage of IT professionals and the companies are paying out the nose for us seasoned veterans. If I had it to do over again, I would have become a doctor. I have been in IT for over 20 years and I make less now then I did when I moved from mainframes to the PC side of things.
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