Software Jobs Slowly Changing Focus to Police StateSubmitted by mwstroberg on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 21:17
I am a Software Engineer whose area of focus is development of Microsoft Windows applications in the C++ language. I have been without a full-time job for almost two years, and am actively looking for work. Before this recession, I was never out of work for more than a few weeks at a time.
In looking for work on Dice.com, I have noticed a number of positions with some companies I shall not name, seeking programmers to develop software to control "unmanned aerial vehicles." There are A LOT of these positions available, and they pay well.
The whole situation is both scary and depressing, to think how much talent is wasted on police state and MIC technology. Just think of the things we could produce without this total brain drain into useless or even counterproductive activities.
Has anyone else experienced this? Are there those of you who are in other fields who have encountered this shift in emphasis from consumer products to technologies serving the government?
I welcome any comments.