The IT Skills Shortage

In the U.S., IT’s impact on the economy is greater than agriculture, mining, and construction. It is valued higher than transportation and nearly as high as retail. All of these other industries have been in the marketplace since the dawn of civilization. In relatively short time, information technology has arisen to become one of the most important undertakings in human history.

So, how is it possible that in an industry as large and valuable as IT, IT departments are often unable to provide businesses what they need when they need it because of a lack of relevant skills? Considering the value of the IT revolution, the engineering brain power behind it, and the implicit promise of efficiency – how is IT not the most efficiently managed and automated industry on the planet? If fundamental market economy principles apply, such strong demand for workers should encourage some kind of solution.

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