I need for 400,000 former tech workers, citizens, H-1B’s, and Green Card Holders alike to tell their story

Here is why

The government says there are 7.5 million job openings.

Their biggest quantity of those 7.5 millions jobs is professional and business services where they say we as a country have 1,435,000 job openings.

If we look at the existing quantity of workers in professional and business services, we find the following:

  • Legal Services – 1,143,100
  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services – 1,041.600
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services – 1,508,300
  • Specialized Design Services – 149,500
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services – 2,182,700
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services – 152,080
  • Scientific Research and Development Services 719,900
  • Advertising and Related Services – 489,600
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services – 753,200

This gives us the following percentages of existing jobs

Legal Services – 14.04%

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services – 12.80%

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services – 18.53%

Specialized Design Services – 1.84%

Computer Systems Design and Related Services – 26.81%

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services – 1.87%

Scientific Research and Development Services 8.84%

Advertising and Related Services – 6.01%

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services – 9.25%

Since there are 1,435,000 jobs open in Professional and Business Services, we can calculate that there are 384,724 computer systems design and related services jobs open that need filling. (1,435,000 * .2681)
I think we can all agree that there are at least 400,000 displaced software developers out there.

If you know of some, or you are one, please comment below so we can get a tally.

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8 thoughts on “I need for 400,000 former tech workers, citizens, H-1B’s, and Green Card Holders alike to tell their story”

  1. Former HP3000 Systems Analyst and Programmer, MRP/ERP/EDI systems, 20 years experience. After a merger was downsized in 2000. Only had sporadic computer odd jobs and p/t teaching, despite learning Windows PC programming and returning to school for advanced degree. Only had very few job interviews.
    Have tried many ways to present myself to potential employers – Linkedin profile, e-Portfolio (which also contains programming tutorials for specialized niche topics). Taught myself several additional programming languages, been published in IEEE IT Professional.
    Prior to collecting Social Security at 62 in 2018, last few years were spent working as a retail associate, spiraling into poverty. My career is over.

  2. I was an excellent software engineer from 1987 until around 2003. I was discarded when the young males from India were being imported. I have been a part time math instructor ever since.

    • interesting.
      That is about my same time frame.

      people don’t get it.
      and they don’t think it will happen to them.
      BUT
      this has happened to every one of us.

      Virgils Lifetime Earnings

  3. I believe the “openings” you are looking at are 10 year projections. Here is how they fudge those numbers.

    For Computer occupation projections 2016-26, the openings are projected to be 349,000 year, but the occupation will only grow by 55,710 per year (from 4,419,000 to 5,026,500 over 10 years). In FY 2017, 66,848 H-1B initial employment approvals were granted in Computer related occupations. so roughly 120% of employment growth goes to H-1B.

    The government says that Labor force exits will be 1.7% and Occupational transfers 4.8%, or 6.5% of the Computer occupations, which is 275,500 of the 346,000 of their annual “openings.” If we forecast the 6.5% “Labor force exits” and “Occupational transfers ” out to 100%, a career in Computer occupations ends in the 15th year, for most bachelors degree holders this will be age 35 or 36.

    Here is the occupational projections data if you are interested.
    https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/occupational-separations-and-openings.htm

    • probably true.
      My interest in writing this is that every time the JOLTS report is issued is people believe that there are 7.5 million jobs available immediately that can’t be filled.
      so, it is time that we start demonstrating that this number is nothing but propaganda.

      To do that, we need to look at how many jobs have actually been created in the last 10 years.

      computer jobs created each year

      And out of these jobs, this is how they were divided up.

      H-1B Applications approved for computer related jobs

      Which gives us this.

      computer jobs - H-1B vs American Citizen

  4. My former company used to have 350 Americans in the IT department 12 years ago. Now, there are only 4 Americans left! A CTO, an admin and two people to monitor SLAs made with TCS, the India-based IT outsourcing firm that now runs all IT activities at the company. The company saved a whole bunch but this process had produced a whole lot of divorces, bankruptcies, suicides and wasted lives.

    • Thank you for telling this.
      These stories need to be told
      We hear so much about how devastating it is to the visa holder, but nobody tells how devastating it was to the American that most likely lost everything.

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