Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Advice to mainframe programmers: stick with it, and specialize within mainframe
The scuttlebutt on the job market related to mainframe now comes across to me as this:
It seems like the contractor market seems pretty strong in focused areas like DB2, especially stored procedures; MQ programming, and certain kinds of applications, especially Medicaid MMIS and state welfare systems. The practical problem is that a programmer needs to be focused in one or two of these areas (not too many areas, because it gets diffused) and build a “reputation” over years – even an “online reputation” – on these areas. That may seem like asking for a lot of commitment from an employer base that acts utilitarian and not too willing to return the appreciation with long term career stability.