Dallas, N.C. — Computer science students evaluate recent tens of thousands of layoffs by tech giants such as Microsoft and Google.
Portia Moore, a computer science student at Gaston College, says she fell in love with computers in middle school.
“I love the Tetris game, and when I was in middle school, I used to sit in front of my computer and play Tetris for hours. One day, I got an application to create my own Tetris.” Mr Moore said.
Her hobby became fascination with how computers work. Her May of this year, she graduated with an associate degree in Applied Science, focusing on her cyber security.
“Ultimately, I want to start my own cybersecurity company or become a manager in a cybersecurity company,” Moore said.
Nearly 200,000 tech workers have been laid off since 2022, according to tech industry tracker layoffs.fyi. Moore is nervous as tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft have recently cut more than 50,000 jobs.
“It’s a little disconcerting, but at the same time, it’s not unexpected,” Moore said.
Instructor Jimmy Warren has been teaching computer science for the past 25 years. He says the tech giant hired thousands during the pandemic as companies sent employees to work from home.
“Employers want their employees back in the office, so I believe there is no need for cloud support. We’re seeing it being moved to local industries and local businesses that need IT support across the board,” Warren said.
Moore says he’s not too worried about the lack of jobs in his field. She now works for a hickory manufacturing company.
“Technology is always evolving and changing all the time. No,” Moore said.
Professors say companies maintain a need for IT jobs despite massive job cuts.
“There is definitely still a need for IT. Manufacturing, automation is becoming the norm in all areas,” says Warren.
According to Cyberseek.org, there are over 24,700 cybersecurity jobs in North Carolina.