Will there be too many programmers by the year 2020?

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Mudassir Ali 9 months 1 Answer 136 views

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  1. More and more people are enrolling in CS degrees, I’d say the number of enrolled students for CS degrees now is as high as it’s ever been, this trend will likely increase over the next 5 to 10 years until we start to see things even out. The reason more and more people are going into CS is because of its pervasiveness in our lives today as well as the money commonly associated with having a CS degree and working for a company like Google, Microsoft, etc.

    There will be less demand for CS grads, and as a result starting salaries will start dropping, salary growth over one’s career will start decreasing and as a result less people will want to study it- CS will be like any other profession. After such an event occurs, demand will start to grow again but small and medium size companies may not want to shell out larger salaries for engineers, and may seek for talent elsewhere where it is cheaper, such as India or China.

    In short though, yes, there will be too many programmers in the next 5-10 years, and the only way to make yourself more relevant as a programmer, is to learn skills that make you more valuable. Management, finance, economics, communication, project management are just a few of them.

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