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The CRA-W Graduate Student Information Guide has been updated. This publication from the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science and Engineering is full of valuable information for anyone considering graduate school. . [Ann Redelfs , CRN, May00.]

Marc Andreessen's advice to college students is to study history, philosophy, or economics more than engineering. (Andreessen is co-founded Netscape and is now chairman of Loudcloud, helping Silicon Valley companies get started.) "Have a broad view on how the world works and a really good grasp of critical thinking skills." As for technology, you can't know what's going to be hot. None of us really have a clue what we'll be doing in five years. We had best be open to learning new skills. Attitude, aptitude, and the willingness and ability to change are the keys to success. Adaptation, flexibility, and critical thinking are skills that will pave the road to success. [Larry Magid, SJM, 28May00, 4D.] (Magid recommends English as the best "computer language" for children to study.)

Minority students in CS are invited to fill out a short, anonymous survey about career plans, aimed at determining why so few seek or accept teaching positions. Of the 41 African-American CS PhDs from 1991 to 1996, only one took an academic position. The survey is by the Coalition to Diversify Computing, . [Bryant York , CRN, May00.]

A Nov98 salary survey by CRA shows that PhD salary spreads at industrial labs are much wider than those at universities. Minimum industrial salaries (at eight companies with 644 CS employees) were above maximum university salaries out to about 14 years of experience, after which the shallow exponential growth of maximum university salaries overtook industry's linear growth. These salaries rose from $55K-$65K with no experience to $120K with 18 years. (Minimum university salaries went from $55K to just $75K at 18 years.) Maximum industrial salaries rose from about $125K with no experience to $200K at 18 years, but the data are sparse. Average industrial salaries rose from about $100K to $155K. [CRN, Nov99.]

US tech wages are now 82% higher than private-sector wages. California continues to dominate, but tech is growing faster in WA, KS, CO, and GA. (CA grew 30% from 1993 to 1999, vs. 49% in CO.) CA had 835K tech jobs in 1998 (up 193K over 1993), followed by TX, NY, MA, and NJ. CO has 146K tech jobs, and the highest percentage of private-sector tech jobs. CA leads in high-tech exports ($53B in 1999), VC funding ($17B in 1999), and R&D spending ($42B in 1997). High-tech wages are higher in WA, averaging $106K (vs. $67K for CA). Across the US, there are 5M tech workers -- twice the number in auto manufacturing and services. [AEA study funded by Nasdaq. Jennifer Bjorhus, SJM, 17May00, 1C.]

Canada is losing skilled workers to the US, with emigration increasing steadily over the past decade. 22K-35K Canadian -- or 0.1% of the population -- move to the US each year, mostly high-tech workers. [SJM, 25May00, 6C.]

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