Barbie's A Techie Now

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After several grueling weeks of job hunting, Barbie has finally landed her next career. She’s going to be a computer engineer.

As we reported previously, Mattel, the maker of Barbie, asked fans to vote on her next career on their Web site. She has worked more than 120 different jobs so far. This time, there were five choices: environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor and computer engineer. Apparently, the nerds won out. In fact, it would seem they stole the vote.

According to the press release, more than half a million votes were cast, and the majority of girls actually voted for News Anchor. Yet, enough guys must have voted for computer engineer because that won overall. So girls, if you’re looking for someone to blame, I suggest you start with Wired. The tech site mobilized its readers to vote computer engineer.

Meanwhile, we here at MainStreet had suggested Barbie be unemployed for a while, with the thought that she could become a unique role model for the times. Our second choice was environmentalist, in the hopes that Al Gore could replace Ken as her sidekick. Oh well. Computer engineers are on the list of the 25 fastest-growing jobs, so perhaps she made the right choice after all.

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