Computer Science Grads Face Shrinking Tech Labor Market

Tech companies are laying off employees and implementing hiring freezes in response to falling revenues and fears of an impending recession, flooding the labor market with experienced workers. For computer science students about to join the tech labor market and those still early in their careers, they now face uncertainty where they were once promised a bright future. Prospects such as six-figure salaries and enjoyable workplace environments have driven students to pursue computer programming and development studies. Now, the previously unshakable tech ecosystem is turning these potential workers away.

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Hiring slowdowns and layoffs have extended across popular platforms such as DoorDash, Lyft, and Stripe all the way to big tech titans like Meta, Alphabet, and Amazon. Since being acquired by Elon Musk, Twitter’s workforce has been slashed drastically — and in a quite public manner. A cascading effect from the pandemic, supply chain struggles, faltering markets, and inflation is now preventing a generation that has grown up immersed in technology from entering the job force. There have even been serious reductions in lucrative internships that typically offer an easy way into the big tech industry.

Fortunately, industries such as automotive and finance are still hiring software developers and testers, but the allure of joining the big tech sector is, for the time being, a mirage.