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Samba Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:01 PM
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97. started in 1991
Programmers and IT staff were considered professionals and administrators because they carry a big burden of responsibility. Despite the lack of specific education, professional certifications etc. that are required for other 'professions'.

If I remember right it affected people making more than 6.5x the minimum wage. That would be >$45/hr now so at some point that multiplier was lowered?

Then there are the H1B visas - where 10's of thousands of foreign 'specialist' workers came to fill IT and science jobs. Initially at a small fraction of what they would pay a local hire but always under the threat that if they fire you you'd be deported almost immediately. This grew up to about 100k IT workers around 1999-2002. They added provisions like 'must pay the same as others in the same position' and 'must seek and fail to find a local worker first' but regardless they still pay considerably less, replace local hires and prevent the natural wage inflation for these jobs. Many of the offshoring companies are run by former H1B hires.

These jobs always show up on the 'most needed' lists for people choosing college majors. They pay like $40-80K on average - for 45-60 hour weeks. (Plus constant continuing education - if you want to still have a job when the stuff you are working on now goes obsolete in a few years.) I'd guess half the people who go into this thinking 'career' are looking to get out after 8 years and 80% by 20 years.

With a real 'free market' the wages would be at least 25% higher. Without the overtime exemptions there would be a lot less of the constant crisis/deadline!/emergency!! stress and then more people would be willing to get into and stay in these careers.

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