Before deconstructing the seventh and final myth about technology careers, let’s review one last time our myth-wrecking record:
- We demolished “Technology is all about coding, math and science”
- We shattered “Working in technology requires a 4-year college degree”
- We crushed “If it’s not at Facebook or Google, it’s not a technology job”
- We smashed “A tech career means being stuck at a desk”
- We squashed “Money is the main benefit of a tech job”
- And we shredded “My kids won’t listen to me.”
Parents want their kids to grow into independent adults with stable careers, right? That’s the main reason you give them advice on their education and possible careers. You’re probably glad to be reminded that your advice isn’t falling on deaf ears. Let’s check the facts before we warn them away from a high-potential path.
Our last myth can discourage parents from recommending a tech career for fear of instability. It’s one that has persisted for nearly two decades:
“Tech jobs are going overseas.”
Two misconceptions give this myth staying power: An oversimplification of the global economy, and a narrow definition of the term “tech jobs.”
Yes, over time certain types of technology jobs have been – and continue to be – outsourced overseas. This ebb and flow of employment across increasingly globalized industries and markets, however, doesn’t mean tech jobs are leaving the U.S. economy never to return. The dynamics of world markets are too complex for such a simple conclusion – especially one that fails to account for the most important factor driving the global economy.
The economic reality is that the digital transformation of business is creating technology jobs faster than many companies – here and abroad – can fill them. In recent years in the U.S., more than half a million IT job postings exist for open positions at any given point of analysis.
And as we covered in an earlier myth-mashing post, those positions are not concentrated in one area of the country like Silicon Valley. Our research shows open technology jobs in every state on a regular basis.
Why are so many technology jobs spread across the nation? Because regardless of surface differences, every industry depends on IT. From small, family-run businesses — such as corner convenience stores, dry cleaners and lawn services — to big banks and insurance companies, positions for technologists exist in almost every organization and industry in the country.
So, while some tech jobs in specific categories may move from our shores to others as international business expands, some of those positions can come back in time, as wages overseas rise or U.S. companies see compelling reasons to reshore work. But overall, these ups and downs don’t change the big picture: Plenty of tech jobs are being created in the U.S. these days. And this trend shows no signs of slowing down.
With a bit more understanding of the global economy, you can rest assured that you’re not directing your kids toward layoffs. And you’re probably glad to know technologists find work across the country. Maybe your kids will end up near you. Probably better not to push that right now.
Buy the Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education here and use it to discuss tech career possibilities around your hometown and the country.