There are more technology job openings in a single day on Dice than there are computer science grads ready to join American businesses. In California, that ratio is three to one. The fact is, the number of computer-related bachelor's degrees conferred has plummeted in nearly every state, creating a pipeline problem that leads from corporate America through college campuses to primary schools nationwide.
As outlined in Dice.com’s special report "America's Tech Talent Crunch," 18 states and Washington D.C. have shortages of local graduates when comparing job openings to associates and bachelors degrees conferred. Those states overlap critical tech markets, including Silicon Valley, Seattle, Dallas, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago.
These gaps have created a competition for talent. Ann Hunter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, "There are easily two or three jobs for every computer science grad. Easy." Likewise, Dr. Tim Lindquist, a professor of computer science and engineering at Arizona State, added "I can't tell you the last time I had a student, even some of our poorer students, tell me they had trouble finding a job."
Among the "shortage states," only Delaware, Virginia and Washington D.C. awarded more computer-related bachelors and associates degrees in 2009 than they did in 2005. In the other "shortage states," degrees conferred has dropped anywhere from 14 to 68 percent.
According to Dice.com, an opportunity is upon us with technology recovering faster than the broader economy. An upcycle typically encourages more students to enter the field, similar to what was seen in the dot-com era. The question is, can corporations, universities and K–12 educators fulfill the long-term ambitions of America's budding technology professionals?
This slideshow highlights the top 10 “shortage states.”
Top Outsourcing Trends for Q1 2011 The latest outsourcing trends identified by the Everest Group.
Nine Female Executives to Watch Top female executives to keep your eye on.
Nine Best Practices for Efficient Database Archiving Archiving can be an effective approach to ILM if you follow these best practices.
Recent years have seen a significant increase in the remote workforce as developments in technology have given employees the freedom to work anywhere, anytime. ... More >>
Establishing a digital governance plan can be a challenge, but with the right education and tools, the job can be made a lot simpler. ... More >>
The newfound emphasis on tools and service integration is shaping a new crop of industry professionals — the actual faces behind the IT infrastructure. ... More >>