February 28, 2006

A new study by one of the National Center for Women and Information Technology's (NCWIT) most trusted affiliates, the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM), finds that research and development will help the United States maintain its competitive edge in the information technology field and that with those tools, jobs will continue to be added in the tech industry.

The study, entitled "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," was completed by a team of internationally recognized computer scientists, industry leaders, labor economists and social scientists.

It concluded that policies designed to improve a country's ability to attract, educate and retain the best IT talent are necessary to foster innovation and remain competitive in the global environment.

While acknowledging that a small percentage of jobs will continue to be sent overseas to low-wage workers, the study found that the IT sector in the United States will create jobs at a rate which will negate the effects of offshore outsourcing.

Specifically, the study states that the software architecture, product design, project management, and IT consulting fields will expand the IT workforce in the coming years.

"Despite all the publicity in the United States about jobs being lost to India and China, the size of the IT employment market in the United States today is higher than it was at the height of the boom," the report said.

"Information technology appears as though it will be a growth area at least for the coming decade, and the U.S. government projects that several IT occupations will be among the fastest growing occupations during this time."

The report is the product of an extensive evaluation of a dozen firms facing outsourcing challenges. Researchers reviewed available data and literature on offshoring and outsourcing, and heard in-person accounts from many international experts.

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ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

NCWIT's mission is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology (IT). NCWIT believes that the lack of women involved in the creation of IT has deep implications for our country's preparedness, competitiveness, economic wellbeing, and quality of life. With the U.S. Department of Labor predicting that more than one million IT jobs will be added to our workforce by 2014, women's participation is a compelling issue of innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability.