Sunday, September 28, 2008
NBC Today reports that mainframe job market could come back
A career segment on the NBC Today show Sunday morning (Sept 28) indicate that mainframe computer programming jobs may come back strong despite the weaker economy. Many mainframe programmers (like me) have retired. One problem is that some older programmers might not have kept up with all the modern tools (associated with DB2 and other databases, direct connect, Case tools, scripting) needed even in the mainframe world now. Mainframe processors often host Linux-style operating systems simultaneously.
There was a lot of talk as early as 2002 that the mainframe market would eventually recover as older programmers retired.
Network engineers and administrators would also be needed.
But many of the other “recession-proof” jobs are “people intensive”, particularly in health care and personal care, such as for the elderly, disabled, and in teaching and child care.