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2019: A Great Year For Tech Pros Over 50 Years Old?

Over 50 and working in tech? 2019 might be a pivotal year for you. First, some not-so-great news: The average tech salary has continued its plateau,

Source: 2019: A Great Year For Tech Pros Over 50 Years Old?

As a person who just passed the half-century mark this past year (I would rather still be forty-something, thank you), this is encouraging news.  One of the things I already struggle with–and I know other people who are near my age or have a few extra years than I do–is getting what’s fair. The market is already fickle due to ageism, but it’s also fickle as employers do what they can to keep older applicants at bay through attempts to underpay and limit us to contract work. (Maybe that’s just our industry, I’m not sure. Just basing this on my own experiences.)  So, let’s hope that what’s being said in this article is true, and we have a means of getting ahead this year!

What do you think? Is this the year for Gen-X and Baby Boomers? Include your comments below.



Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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