Two million COBOL developers worldwide.. and growing?!
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".. the current population of COBOL developers is about two million strong, and [Scott Searle, IBM Rational's marketing program director] says IBM expects it to grow -- with a little help. Thanks to an IBM initiative, COBOL is being taught in 400 colleges and universities around the world, he said, mainly in India, China and Eastern Europe.
"The big success story is India," Searle said. "We don't know the exact numbers in India, but we feel that it's in the neighborhood of 50,000 COBOL developers, and they're young and excited to be working on the mainframe."