November 26, 2003

Programmers face up to their own obsolescence

Stocking shelves and hauling boxes on the graveyard shift at a discount department store was something Ed Marx never imagined he would be doing. After
27 years as a computer programmer, Marx said, he thought his technology skills ensured he would be employed in that field for many years.

It has not turned out that way. In August of last year, Marx, 49, lost his job at Computer Sciences, a technology contractor and services company in
Moorestown, New Jersey. Marx and his company say he was a victim of offshore outsourcing, known as offshoring. Unable, so far, to find a full-time job
in his field, he has been working at the discount store since September.


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