Strata: Steppingstone to an IT Career

The paradox appears on a regular basis in the business news headlines.

Unemployment in the United States jumped to double digits in October for the first time in more than a quarter century, reaching 10.2 percent.

Yet hiring managers continue to find it difficult to fill positions requiring certain high-tech skills.
According to the latest Yoh Index of Technology Wages, a poll of more than 9,000 hiring managers in more than 15 metropolitan areas across the U.S., companies continue to struggle to find workers with Java and .Net/C+ development skills, as well as IT security engineers, network engineers, software engineers, quality assurance professionals and project managers.

And the gap between tech job openings and qualified people to fill them appears to be growing, not shrinking.

Global IT research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft Corp. released a study in early October 2009 that suggests the IT industry will create 5.8 million new jobs over the next four years. That projected growth rate of 3 percent a year is more than three times as fast as the growth of total employment.

Now for paradox two.

Young people today are the most tech-savvy generation ever. Yet many continue to shun careers in high tech, even at a time when 21st-century employers desperately need new workers with technology skills.

Connecting these two groups is the challenge that will define the future. It’s a challenge that must be addressed with new solutions.

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