RPG/400 Job situation

AS/400 jobs
Sorry if this is not the proper forum for this type of question but as an old ex-RPG2 programmer contemplating getting back into the profession can anyone tell me what the current demand is for RPG400 programmers? On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard is it to find work. Back in the early 90s it was a 10. Thanks.

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RPG III and RPG/400 are many years obsolete, although there are probably lots of those programs still running in applications. (We still have quite a lot.) But the prospects of just being a maintenance programmer for that old code are doubtful, and not that desirable either. Also, more and more of these programs are getting converted and redesigned, or getting replaced with newer approaches.

And for new development, as a minimum today, you need to be using RPG IV in free format, and understand ILE concepts and be able to apply and implement them. Knowing other languages and architectures like SQL, Java, PHP, and even .Net will get you much further as well. There are so many ways to go, so it would also depend on the strategy a potential employer has chosen.

As far as RPG prospects in general, it depends on where in the country you are looking. But overall, the market for RPG programmers is not as strong as it once was, unfortunately. Whether that will change in the future is hard to say, but it has been on the decline in recent years. Some think the demand will increase in the years to come due to the amount of code still in use, as more RPG programmers retire, while fewer are now learning that skill set to replace them. On the other hand, with fewer people having this knowledge, more and more companies will eventually abandon these applications as their costs to support them go up due to dwindling resources.


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  • aceofdelts
    As another old RPG programmer, the jump from RPG3 to ILE is not so bad. You can pick it up quickly if you find a shop willing to go for that. The trade-off is you'd need to take whatever they offer (salaries came down a lot after Y2K). RPG Free is also easy to follow. There are jobs out there, but can be tough competition in some markets. It helps if you're willing to relocate. Good luck. Mike L.
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  • CharlieBrowne
    I would agree with the above answers and add the if you have experience with specific software, such as JDE, jobs are easier to get. Relocation is almost a guarentee. You may want to consider contract work. I'd recommend you work with a recuiter.
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