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Downturn Hits Older Tech Workers Hardest

Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis | Feb. 7, 2011
IT pros who are over 55, especially women, face long-term joblessness. Cloud and healthcare expertise are pluses these days.

Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of the Computing Technology Industry Association, said that older workers with specific skills, mostly in cloud computing and electronic health systems, are still in demand.

The age issue is likely to gain importance because of the sheer size of the baby boom generation -- people born between 1946 and 1964, who make up more than 25% of the U.S. population. A 2010 federal government study found that 60% of the IT workforce in 2008 was made up of people between 45 and 63 years of age.

 

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