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Mod
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Post Number: 39
Registered: 07-2004
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Most of the talk these days revolves around auto industry related jobs. But for those of us in the IT field, what are job prospects like in the metro area? I'm aware of the big players like EDS and Compuware. But it seems like most of the available positions out there are contract-to-hire.
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Unclefrank
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Post Number: 31
Registered: 03-2006
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The IT industry in Michigan is like all others...FLAT!
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Darwinism
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Post Number: 457
Registered: 06-2005
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mod: Your assessment is pretty much in line with the environment around here in the Metro Detroit area. Most IT positions are indeed contract-to-hire and many are also short-term assignments such database programming, software development and any other project-based tasks.
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Tomoh
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Post Number: 133
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 1:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's a number of smaller IT startups in Ann Arbor. Plenty of brain coming out of the universities but still way too much drain. Same with biotech, the Ann Arbor-Detroit region is actually one of the big research areas for biotech, behind places like SF, Boston, San Diego, or Seattle in terms of producing companies and products but equivalent to Chicago as a next tier biotech center (due to research). We could do more with our universities (UMich, EMU, WSU, etc), incubator organizations like SPARK and TechTown and I think some organization called Digital Detroit (?). Wanna do something really positive? Start your own IT company and create some jobs.
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Hochi
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Post Number: 70
Registered: 10-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

MOST IT positions in Detroit are very tightly tied to the affore mentioned Automotive Industry. Most of EDS's work in the Metro area is for GM. Compuware is also a big supplier of IT services to the Auto companies. You can't get away from Automotive.

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