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Is the Technology Skills Gap Fact or Fiction?

With the unemployment rate hovering around seven percent, many people just want to blame the economy and be done with it. However, there are several other theories that economists have arrived at. Is the problem: A. A lack of college grads with IT degrees, B. Employers who expect too much, or C. An overall skills gap in IT departments everywhere? Gary Beach of CIO.com, explains why he thinks it could be all of the above.

While the IT skills gap doesn’t explain unemployment problems in other fields, Beach does present some startling statistics as to why IT might be having hidden struggles. The U.S produces 49,000 graduates with IT degrees every year. This sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But it’s actually small compared with the 120,000 new IT jobs that are created.

Yet, finding a job might still be a struggle for the recent IT grad. With job postings a mile long, most employers are requiring skills that can only be obtained through previous work experience, making starting out in IT much harder than it should be. In addition, most IT professionals have gotten complacent at their current jobs. Instead of learning new skills for the future, they are kept too busy with day-to-day projects to get ahead.

The solution? Well, there isn’t one yet. However, they say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. With the various problems identified, we can only hope that employers and employees alike will begin to see that changes need to take place. 

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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