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Only approximately 1 percent of the world's population scores a 140 or higher on IQ tests.  (Source: Talking Rainbow)
Says lower IQ rates will help it deal with smaller U.S. talent pool

The U.S. has arguably been the most desirable place in the world to get a college education with international students from China, India, Japan, and others all traveling to the U.S. with that express purpose.  However, there's serious signs of trouble; U.S. citizens' college graduation rates are in danger of falling behind China.  Japanese enrollment is down as U.S. universities are slowly falling out of favor.  And at least one executive of an Indian firm complained that American graduates were "unemployable".

Adding to the list of awkward statistics is a recent announcement by Bleum Inc., a Chinese outsourcing company.  In China, with a deluge of available highly-intelligent graduates, Bleum Inc. requires that its workers score over 140 on an IQ test.

When it decided to recruit American computer science graduates, though, it decided that bar was way too high.  It dropped the requirement for the Americans down to 120, a move it says reflects a lower pool of talented college grads in the U.S.

Bleum says the move is meant as no affront to the U.S.  Its founder and CEO Eric Rongley is actually an American himself.  He says that in China his firm gets thousands of applications a week from eager college grads.  With about 1,000 employees, his firm hires less than 1 percent of those who apply.  He states, "It is much harder to get into Bleum than it is to Harvard."

Rongley has been targeting U.S. college grads in Atlanta, Chicago and Denver for positions.  After passing the lower IQ test, U.S. grads must next pass a skills test -- just like their Chinese peers.  The recruiting effort has already yielded its first five employees, who just embarked to Shanghai.  They will spend a year-long stint in China and then return to the U.S.

Dennis Garlick, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of an upcoming book called 
Intelligence and the Brain, says such tests are relatively commonplace, but are a mixed bag.  He states that the difficulty arises "because an IQ test measures abstract reasoning in a general context, and on-the-job performance requires abstract reasoning in a specific context."

But he adds, "[If a candidate scores high,] you can reasonably say that the person is likely to be able to understand typical abstract concepts as they are applied in business, understand instructions, follow them, and then generalize them in a new situation."

Is it a disappointing sign that there's less American grads that meet the IQ requirements (according to Bleum) than Chinese grads?  Or is that merely a sign that few U.S. grads are interested in applying a job overseas?  Either way, Bleum's openness about its hiring policies raises interesting questions about the U.S. and graduation, in a time when that issue remains a key concern.



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RE: No doubt, Americans are dumber and dumber, but
By wempa on 7/8/2010 3:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure exactly where you got all of that information, but IT is actually a great place to be nowadays. Like with any field, those who bring more skills to the table are more likely to succeed. The recession of 2000-2001 did a good job of getting rid of all the people who thought that computer programming was as simple as reading "Teach Yourself C In 21 Days". The ones who survived are the one with the real IT knowledge/education. Also, there are a lot of specialized areas in IT that are in high demand. I know that my company in particular has a hard time finding good security engineers. If you are bright, keep your skills sharp and find a decent company, you will do well in an IT field.


By KasiJonz on 7/8/2010 4:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
I get this information by 30 years working in the software development field. Worked for major companies, always got good reviews, always kept my skills up to date. Hit mid-50s, got laid off (job sent to India). NO ONE will even speak to an IT person in their 50s. Companies are having hard times finding qualified American engineers because, while Americans are stupid, they aren't that stupid. They see their parents or friends parents who work in IT, work 60+ hours/week often times with high stress for slightly more than a bus driver makes, then get laid off time and time again.

To any young people considering IT, ask people in the field, and not just recent hires at Google or Apple. Ask people in the field for 10 or 20 or more years. Ask if they would advise their children to go into the field. And for those thinking they will get involved with a start up or start their own company and make millions by the time they're 30, you might, but the odds are you will wind up like the 99% who don't, working your ass off, hoping you don't get laid off this time.


By JediJeb on 7/8/2010 5:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
Being a chemist isn't much better. A friend of mine was hired to build a lab in a manufacturing company, then he trained the lab techs. After about a year they came to him and told him they didn't need him now, the techs could do the job. Then he was out of work.

Problem then becomes, what happens when the lab procedure does not go exactly as the cook book procedure says it should? That is when the tech is stuck and you need the chemist to figure it out. But you know upper management, they are smarter than the average workers and have it all figured out ;)


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