Yeah, as said above, the IT field was blazing hot before 2K, but has faced issues since then.
It’s not impossible, but you want a serious education to compete, something more than certifications.
I’d also agree that you don’t really want to get into help desk or computer repair work. It’s really hard to move to programming or something else from there.
Anyway, it’s hard to say how long the glut will last, since as the pay drops and the competition (local or overseas) drives people out, and people stop going for the career path, things should normalize.
However, on a different note, there are plenty of companies that won’t work you to death with long hours. Once upon a time when I was in charge of a team, everyone wore the pager for a week at a time, which gave everyone a majority of time to relax and have normal working hours.
The real problem, during my stint, was that most people didn’t understand the issues involved, or the complexities you’d run into, so they would not understand that you could work very hard, get things done, and still not have something to show for it.
It was very frustrating to be at the end of the chain when other groups wasted a lot of time and then threw a big project in front of you with a stupid deadline. There’s always a push when deadlines come up, but you can’t just destroy all your staff by not even trying to set them reasonably.
Man, it’s easy to rant…