Re: Why no age data??
Exactly right about age discrimination. Why pay an engineer with 5 years industry experience what he or she is worth, when you can lie about nobody being available and bring in H1-B interlopers and pay them so much less. Then, 5 years later when there is something new on the tech horizon, fire all of them and bring in the next crew of high-class temporary workers.
I'm sick and tired of hearing about women and minority engineers, rare birds indeed who are cherished where and when they can be found, and to hell with the rest of us once we are 30. Unless, of course, we prove to be exceptionally brilliant, or exceptionally masochistic, willing to work 70 hour weeks with no raises past what we earned just out of college.
It's bad enough for people of my generation. Now, you have to take out the equivalent of a mortgage to earn an engineering degree. It's a rip-off, the kids know it, and they're starting to wise up. One day, real American engineers who are truly loyal to the US will be needed - and they won't be there.