What will we do with all the poop?
If you need another testimony to the emerging shortage of IT professionals, I’ve got some trusted sources with statistics for you. There doesn’t seem any point to stating the obvious. The meat of the matter is: What are we going to do about it? Love or hate Microsoft, they are approaching the problem in a proactive way. By presenting Technology in a creatively, students experience the intriguing aspects of science, mathematics and computer programming.
The Skype lessons and virtual field trips are designed to get young people interested in the benefits derived from what can be presented as dry subjects. It’s a sad fact that most students move away from math, science and technology especially girls. The rate of female youth continuing education in these fields is less than X%. We would all do well to encourage young women to participate in the adventure of science.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them by 2020. Says Jon Swartz , in a USA TODAY article on March 30th 2017.
Microsoft is pioneering the way with such virtual experiences as:
Techno-camps Computer Science 101 – An Unplugged Introduction
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Reporting on Climate Change
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Hour of CODE to coincide with Computer Science Education Week.
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High Tech Professionals like looking for hen’s teeth.
Even with the recent decline in technology stocks and the demise of some Internet companies, Information Technology (IT) remains one of the fastest growing fields today, according to the US Department of Labor.
Technology trade magazines such as Information Week and Computerworld have consistently reported (January through March issues respectively) that the economic downturn will probably not impede the number of high-tech projects – or the number of employees needed to them get them done. However, many companies have indicated that the slowdown may delay previously planned hardware and software purchases. Additionally, while some companies report that they are not currently hiring, most are suggesting plans to increase outsourcing of many IT functions such as: applications development, quality assurance testing, site management and maintenance, Internet security, and tech support, to contractors providing these services. These outsourcing businesses will likely hire more professionals to accommodate this influx of business.
Employers are also concerned that there are not enough potential employees as demand for IT talent – particularly those skilled in Internet, e-commerce and networking – continues to exceed supply. Some analysts are predicting that labor shortages will continue for the next decade. Also, it is estimated that by 2008, the US high-tech industry will have created an additional 5 million jobs, partially reflecting the Internet’s appearance as a mainstream technology (SI Review, March/April 2001).
With new web-based projects being encouraged by top management and project deadlines nearing, companies need to hire skilled workers. IT may be the most crucial factor for long-term career success
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