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The science job conundrum in a CNNMoney piece that my colleague Don Tennant wrote about is being played out in Silicon Valley. The conundrum is this: If the United States creates science- and tech-related jobs, will we have enough people to fill them?
According to a study released Tuesday, Silicon Valley employers predict a 15 percent rise in tech hiring in the next two years, but they worry about being able to find people with cutting-edge skills. Four nonprofit work force training groups, headed by NOVA in Sunnyvale, conducted the study, which included executive interviews, panel discussions with recruiters and a survey of 251 companies, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
At the same time, it says that midlevel jobs are being eliminated as companies focus on high-level skills. Kris Stadelman, executive director of work force training center NOVA, said that though jobs that require only minimum skills have been outsourced to less-costly areas, it's working to help the area's tech unemployed. She's quoted as saying:
We're trying to find ways to "skill them up."
The study found:
Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of the companies reported difficulties in recruiting software engineers and field applications engineers and half said they had problems filling quality assurance and project management jobs.
Stephen Levy of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and a NOVA board member also noted a wider problem looming:
Companies come here because there's talent here. We will lose our competitive edge if there's not enough talent.