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In today's economy, where companies are reluctant to increase headcount and jobs are disappearing as you read this, many consulting companies have been forced to cut back as well due to lack of demand for their services and the pressure on companies to cut costs in order to meet their quarterly profit targets. One of the more effective ways to cut costs is to move expensive jobs offshore. Some analysts have been quoted as stating that anywhere from 1 out of every 10 or 20 jobs will eventually move offshore. Other jobs are simply falling prey to productivity gains, redundancies, and market forces brought about by a changing economy.

This trend will probably continue for quite some time. Some of the more pessimistic writers draw a parallel between the current plight of today's white collar workers and the plight of workers during the industrial revolution. Eventually, equilibrium will be reached, but who can predict when. It's worthwhile looking at the actual number and type of jobs lost, and the number and type of jobs being imported and exported (corporations may be reluctant to release exact numbers). Compare these numbers with the projections made for 2010 in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and the Employment Projections of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If the BLS view is correct, there is some reason for optimism. Of course, if you live in an area that has been hit hard by corporate restructuring, that is a weak consolation. Ellen Fanning's article in Computerworld speculates what the IT profession will look like by 2010, and offers some tips for getting prepared.

In our opinion, the IT challenges of the future will be in the areas of security in networking, data storage, operating systems, applications, and other areas of information processing and exchange. Preventing identity theft will undoubtedly be high on the agenda, as will digital disease prevention and the control and interdiction of spam, both of which are already costing the economy billions in lost time and damage control.

In order to succeed in this changing environment, it's not enough just to keep abreast with the latest technologies. A very good knowledge of business and the implications of technological change are becoming increasingly important. If you are experienced and qualified, and would like to help us reinvent ourselves,

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