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19Jan/101

Would you recommend programming as a career to your son?

For me it is a bit of a rhetorical question - I am raising two sons who have no inclination to follow in dad’s footsteps (no surprise there – I did not want to be an electrician like my dad either, instead I went on to study physics and chemistry).

But here is an interesting blog pondering the issue, and offering a piece of advice on where the sweet spot might be,  Next-Gen Jobs by Jim Ericson

He believes that analytics and metadata would become the next big thing, and sound career choices fot the next generation.

I have my doubts; I still remember an advice from a book on VBX programming I've read in the beginning of 1990s: “learn C++ and Visual Basic and you do not have to worry about where the next meal would come from”. Well, good luck to all the programmers out there who followed it. Though it did seem like a good piece of advice at the time: VBX was not easy (arcane C/C++ code), and demand seemed to be inexhaustible (VBX controls allowed to break through limitations of Visual Basic, and yet have easy development environment to program Windows GUI)… Then OCX standard came, which morphed into OLE/COM( and later was supplanted by .Net model), and on top of that one could use VB to implement the spec - no need for additional programming language....

Now, one might argue that this was merely a technology while analytics is  a Profession....  Admittedly, there is something to it.  Still, I believe that specialties of the future are not spelled out yet, and the most promising ones are spanning more than one domain (there was a short SF story where career counselors were randomly matching specialties, and the student was supposed to figure out what the profession might actually be, e.g. "forensic linguistics" or "linguistic taxidermy" etc ... ' don't remember the author, might have been Robert Sheckley)

Who had ever heard about SEO professional before advent of Google?