IT industry employs more than 500,000 people in Karnataka


As part of the annual awards for various categories given away during IT.com (now IT.biz) every year by STPI (Software Tech Parks of India) on November 4, 2008, there was an interesting number that was talked about. It is the total number of IT professionals in Karnataka that stands at more than 500,000 today.

As an IT professional I feel proud that this nascent industry could generate so many jobs. Though small in absolute numbers for a country of 1.1 billion people it compares roughly with the number of people employed the Government of Karnataka (GoK). It become all the more interesting when one takes note of the fact that most IT forms do not employ low end labor (Janitors, peons, drivers, security staff and helpers, as these jobs are mostly outsourced) unlike the Government whose bulk of the employees constitute Class III and Class IV.

 

Also the jobs are jobs for life and globally respected; many of the professionals can be gainfully employed anywhere in the world. With proper self-learning & training most of the professionals can look to life-long employment

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