Next Nov. 8, I have an appt with the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro to apply for an H1B visa stamp. The H1B visa is being sponsored by a software consulting company from Dallas, TX. The plan is that I would travel to the US to work as a Java Developer contractor. However, due to the economy and outsourcing, I am worried about jobs in the US.
I have about 10 years of software development + systems administration experience. Back in 1993-2000, I worked as a programmer and software engineer for major corporations in the United States including Sprint, Fujitsu and Cerner. I returned to Brazil in the end of year 2000. And over the last 4.5 years I have done a lot work with Oracle admin & PL/SQL development, Unix administration, Perl/PHP, Struts/Web Java development, and some project management. In addition to my professional background, I am graduate and undergraduate of the University of Kansas with a MSc in Electrical Engineering (Dec. 1996), and a BSc degree in Computer Engineering (Dec. 1993).
I am wondering what my chances are of landing a contract in the US? And how much on average can I expect to get paid? Are there still plenty of jobs for software developers? How is the market overall?
oh yeah, there are plenty of jobs for software engineers...all you have to do is go on monster.com, dice.com, computerjobs.com and youll see all the jobs they have available.
if i had more experience i wouldve had 3 or 4 jobs by now and ive only started searching in june. my lack of experience is whats holding me back, but you have experience so you should do fine here. i am in the chicagoland area by the way.
You can find a java job in the U.S., especially with Oracle and J2EE experience. You will have to check the job boards to see what cities have positions you are looking for. The market is not that bad if you have what companies want, supply and demand. Check the job boards (Dice.com, Computerjobs.com, Monster.com) to see what jobs are out there for your skill set. That should give you a better idea of if you can find contract opportunities. The market does change, so what is hot now may not be hot later.