The Skills Gap for Tech Jobs Continues to Grow in the Triangle

At Carolina Career College, we believe that there’s never been a bigger need for Information Technology professionals in the workforce. As more and more companies look to fill technology-based roles, the greater the opportunity for IT professionals to grow their careers.

The IT Skills Gap

With every year that passes, technology evolves quicker than it did the year before. It can be difficult to keep up with the rapid growth of these new technologies, leaving companies in need of IT professionals who are up to date on the latest skills and certifications.

And it’s only expected to get worse. The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study reports that “…we are on pace to reach a cybersecurity workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022, a 20% increase over the forecast made in 2015.”

While the need for IT professionals has never been higher, Fortune reports that “…fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.” This disparity in qualified IT professionals and the growing number of IT job openings has resulted in a significant skills gap, both throughout the country and locally.

This is why so many of our students turn to IT when they are looking to switch careers or transition out of the military. The potential for success is huge.

How It Affects the Triangle

This is particularly true in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, as outlined in a recent article by WRAL TechWire.

The article, which covers a new report by the NC Technology Association, highlights the ever-growing demand for IT professionals in the Triangle.

“Demand in terms of growth from 2018 is highest in Durham-Chapel Hill with a 69 percent increase. Openings are also up more than 46 percent in Raleigh and more than 40 percent in Charlotte.”

According to the article, the trend is true in other parts of the country as well. “Nationally there are nearly 1 million open IT jobs, an increase of 25 percent from a year ago.” As new technologies continued to be developed, we expect that number to grow.

Some may find it surprising to know that the need for IT positions extends beyond tech companies. In fact, most of the current open positions in our area are for IT positions within non-tech companies.

WRAL quotes Brooks Raiford, CEO of the tech trade association, who elaborates on this, saying, “February’s open IT jobs were up from the previous month, and up sharply from February 2018. And for the first time over the past year, a majority of the hirers of tech talent are non-tech companies, demonstrating the integral role of technology in all business types.”

There truly is a need for IT skills, in some capacity, at nearly every company in every industry. There’s never been a better time to transition to this versatile career path!

How Carolina Career College Can Help

We are proud to help our students learn the skills they need to fill these important roles. If you’ve considered making the transition to an IT career, schedule a free tour of our campus to get a feel for our classroom environment and decide if it’s the right choice for you.

There’s never been a better time to become an IT professional. If you start today, just imagine where you could be six months from now!

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