Software engineering makes a comeback, despite outsourcing

Stephen Baker

A couple surprises for me in Money Magazine's list of hot jobs. First, despite all the concern about software jobs migrating to India, software engineer ranks as the number-one job. Jobs are expected to expand in the U.S. from 800,000 to 1.16 million by 2014. But any forecasts in the unruly global tech market are highly suspect. How can anyone predict national job growth in a global industry?

A safer choice to my eyes is law, which is virtually impervious to international competition. But Money trashes the profession, putting it 37th on the list, despite an impressive $153,000 average pay. Law gets low grades on stress, flexibility, creativity and difficulty. Does that mean lawyers have lots of all of the above? Or do they have too little flexibility, too much stress, too little creativity and their jobs are hard? I can't make head of tail of it. Maybe it's better to be a college professor (#2), a fast-growing profession with far less stress--if you can hack the interdepartmental squabbles. (thanks Mike Trick)

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