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Demand For IT Workers Is Growing But Will There Be Workers For The Jobs?

More reports including this one from Monster Worldwide are showing a continued increase in the need of IT workers. Going back one year there has been a steady increase in both the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services industry and the Computer and Mathematical occupation.

A recent editorial at CIO.com titled Blue Skies Ahead for IT Jobs by Maria Klawe, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, starts with addressing many of the common misperceptions for why there is a lack of workers and then leads in with this:

Yet the demand for people with computer science skills is at an all-time high. The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that the number of computing-related jobs has surpassed the previous peak in 2000.

The editorial goes on to state many times and in different ways that there is a need for business facing workers. As I have said many times in previous posts that if you are a heads down web developer with the stereotype being of a Mountain Dew and Domino’s guy in the corner your job is in danger. These are the types of positions that are being outsourced.

If you’re a web developer who can meet with clients and attend strategy meetings, you are and will be in high demand. Rather than complain about outsourcing and worse yet offshoring, work on developing better personal and relationship skills.

The article has a lot of good advice that industry leaders could be using to increase the interest in being a technology worker bit it seems to be falling on deaf ears.

Following the good news of demand and the bad news of the lack of trained workers comes what some might think of as a horror movie.

TechWeb carries an article titled Report Warns Congress Of Eroding IT, Science Sectors regarding the testimony before Congress of Norman Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. See the article for highlights of his testimony and about the pending report.

The report suggests 20 actions, based on four major recommendations, to bolster competitiveness. The recommendations are to: increase the country's talent pool by improving mathematics and science education in America's schools; sustain and strengthen commitments to long-term basic research; develop, recruit, and retain top students, scientists, and engineers from inside the U.S. and abroad; and ensure that America is the premier place for innovation.

There have been enough of these reports drawing the same conclusions, which by the way are no different that any person with common sense could tell you.

So enough of the reports and testimony before Congress. How about we start implementing the recommendations.


Jim Durbin

Fantastic post - Paul - If you had started a bit earlier, and didn't stop to start your own business - i would be voting for you for best overall blog this year.

You keep this us up - we'll talk soon.

MN Headhunter, Paul DeBettignies

Jim, thanks for the message. '06 was just a warm-up for '07. It took a while to get my "voice" and I think I found it.

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