Employers often depend on their seasoned employees to train and guide newcomers about the specifics of a job. Bosses may count on the experience of veteran employees to help keep things running smoothly. However, this is often not the case in the field of technology. In this ever changing and growing market, experience—and especially age—can work against Information Technology Professionals (ITP.)
Age Discrimination in Information Technology
Cases of age discrimination that are frequent in ITP fields is due in part to the public’s perceptions of those who are best suited for the jobs. Technology and youth are often categorized together. There are widespread beliefs that the younger people are, the more tech-savvy their skills. Moreover, hiring younger, less experienced workers and forcing older ones out can save companies a great deal of money.
A professor of computer science at the University of California at Davis has conducted much research and writing on the topic of age discrimination in the IT profession. The research reveals that although civil engineers and computer scientists often use the same type of skills to perform required jobs, people with engineer degrees tend to have longer careers than those with computer science degrees. This is attributed to the ever-changing technology world. Sadly, employers use this as an excuse to justify letting go of older workers, claiming they cannot keep up with the high-paced changes. This reasoning would not be considered as valid in the engineering world.
In a study published by the Information Resources Management Journal that reported on the impact of age discrimination on IT professionals, it was noted that while age and experience normally get people promoted, the reverse was true in the Silicon Valley. It appeared that there is a profound bias for ITP professions in favor of youth. It was also reported that it takes people over the age of 30, 50% longer to find an IT job than those younger than 30.
Age Discrimination at Google
In a recent age discrimination lawsuit in California, a 64 year old job applicant is suing Google because he feels their hiring policies are designed to discriminate against older candidates. The gentlemen was contacted by a recruiter who told him that Google was in the process of hiring a large amount of people and that he would be very well-suited for the job. A phone interview was set up, but the man felt that the interview was flawed from the beginning; therefore, making it impossible for him to display his full technical abilities. He is confident that had he been younger, he would have been afforded the opportunity to demonstrate his talents. It was noted that the median age for US workers in 2013 was 42.4. An average age employee at Google is 29 which is the case with other technology companies as well.
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