Two reasons to consider joining the mainframe workforce:
- It pays well
- 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.
- 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.