Are you under the impression that tech jobs are going away because of globalization? If so, you’re wrong. What happened to the tech industry is that during the dot-com boom zillions of tech schools opened up and cranked out graduates at a huge rate. Then the boom busted, and we wound up with a glut of ‘tech people’ with marginal educations and expectations of $70,000/yr jobs. Many of them had to go back to school or seek jobs in other fields, and ‘globalization’ is an easy bogeyman to blame. Point to a few offshore programming shops, a few jobs moving to India, and you’ve got your scapegoat.
The fact is, tech people in the U.S. were greatly overpaid due to the supply/demand situation during the dot-com boom. There’s no way in hell someone with a six-month MCSE diploma should be getting $70,000 per year, but that’s what they were getting for a while. And of course, in that environment a programmer in India who makes $12,000/yr looks pretty good. But now the pendulum is swinging back the other way - salaries have risen in India and returned to more normal levels in the U.S., and the tech industry is expanding again, and demand is starting to pick up.
There will be jobs for programmers. Just make sure you’re a good one. I’ve been working in the software development field my entire adult life, and where I am we’re currently hiring people at a rapid clip.
It would help if you changed your mindset - instead of getting all depressed about having to compete with the entire world instead of just the guys you graduated with, think of it this way - there’s an entire world of opportunity out there now. Great things will come of that. We all benefit from increased world wealth. A rich South Korea builds ships and good cars that we can buy and use. A poor South Korea makes crappy clothes and puts together crappy transistor radios. A rich South Korea spends some of its resources on developing new manufacturing techniques, doing scientific research, medical research, and other things that contribute to the good of the entire planet. A poor South Korea receives foreign aid and is a net drain on the world economy.
As India, China, and other developing countries join the first world, global GDP will increase. There will be more money for space research, for medicine, for art, and for spending on the environment. It’s all a good thing.