Forbes: "Kids See a Future in Mainframes"

Forbes has published an interesting article about the educational and career opportunities in mainframe computing. Here's a short excerpt:

Quawan Smith, who took [Professor] Dischiave’s course [on mainframe computing], now works at J.P. Morgan Chase, one of the underwriters of the Syracuse [University] program. Smith sees himself evolving over time into the networking side of things, but he found the course and its related lab a real eye opener. “There’s a perception in the tech industry that the mainframe is being replaced,” he says. “But that’s not the case.”

Smith will be cycled through a two-year training program at J.P. Morgan Chase, get a mainframe certification, and then work as technical staff. He’ll then have opportunities to move to other teams within the company. “You can make a pretty decent living,” he says, noting that he is able to cover the rent on an apartment in New York City. How many other 22-year-olds can say that?

How many 82-year-olds can say that?

by Timothy Sipples January 31, 2012 in People
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