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Two reasons to consider joining the mainframe workforce:

  1. It pays well
  2. There are tons of openings

The greying workforce in the mainframe field is, and will be creating huge numbers of openings in the field.

I work for a large financial company, and within the next 5 years, we'll be losing about 30% of our workforce to retirement. That number will increase exponentially in 10-15 years.

More reasons:

  • I've been in the field for 25+ years and have never been bored.
  • Less competition for jobs.
  • Stop complaining about the technology (see some posts above)... it may be old, but in many ways it's light years ahead of open systems. HTML - give me a break. It's so similar to Basic which I took 30 years ago in college. We're way beyond that.
  • The mainframe is fast and reliable, tried and true.
  • Try Systems Programming if you're very bright and love trouble shooting.
  • As a team leader, I wish I could find young, trained technicians to fill openings.
  • Did I mention it pays well?
  • Other mainframe career options besides software development - hardware engineers, storage techs, networking, and more.
  • It's fun, exciting, challenging, and there's great career growth.
  • Stop thinking of mainframe as just old technology - check it out and verify all that I've said.

Also check out IBM's System z Academic Initiative.