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Without .NET Training, Some IT Workers To Be Reclassified As “Skilled Clerical Staff” by 2010
Software and Internet Rendering Certain Classes of Programmers Obselete

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2010 Decennial Census Advisory Committee (DCAC) has announced policy changes regarding occupational titles. Beginning with the 2010 Decennial Census, occupation descriptions such as, “Developer,” “Systems Analyst,” ‘Programmer,” “Analyst,” “Computer Consultant” or similar combination will be phased out. Any such entries will be tabulated in a generic “Skilled Clerical Staff” category.

Times are changing for IT workers-especially managers. Census data is revealing just how ‘specialized’ many kinds of IT work actually is.

Joseph Howard, chairman of the committee recently explained the new policy. “The business environment has many position titles for individuals working with management information systems. Our research following the most recent census brought us to the conclusion that most of these workers were given fancy titles to justify inflated wages. For the most part, these so-called developers are nothing more than glorified clerical workers performing repetitive tasks. If not for modern child labor laws, most of these positions would be filled by school children.”

During a three-month period in 2001, committee members randomly interviewed and observed computer professionals employed with Fortune 500 companies. Work assignments were rated on a basis of complexity, stress, and minimum education requirement. Surprisingly, the committee benchmarks for Developer positions bore similarities to those from earlier studies involving 24-hour convenience store attendants.

These convenience store professionals have more in common with IT workers than 10 years ago, according to Census Bureau data.

It's clear the finding of the study indicate that, in the future, employees can expect lower IT compensation. Perhaps concurrently, the pay for convenience store professionals will likely rise substantially, since the study confirms these workers are fully qualified for many clerical-quality IT positions. A random poll by NewTechDaily of 4,096 convenience stores contained within a 3 mile radius of Ft. Lee NJ indicates many 24-hour professionals have been getting calls from IT recruiters who have examined the Census study. Manish Patel, employee of a convenience store in Fort Lee, NJ admitted receiving calls for interviews from several area consulting firms. “I explain that I only work in the store while I study for my degree in Nuclear Physics. In between customers I can read my textbooks.” Other studies indicate that American-born IT professionals are working a total of 221 eight-hour days and are producing less than 2 lines of debugged code per day.

The Census Advisory Committee addresses policy, research, and technically related issues for the design of the 2010 decennial census, the American Community Survey, and other related programs. For more information about the Census Advisory Committee:


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