USA TODAY - Businesses say they just can't find the right tech workers

Jobs creation has been the mantra of President Trump. But in some industries like tech, the U.S. doesn't need more jobs — it needs workers with more of the right skills.

There will be an estimated 1 million more computing jobs than applicants who can fill them by 2020, projects Code.org, based on estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on job creation and separately, estimates of college graduation rates by the National Science Foundation.

The problem: a "perception gap" between educators and employers has left scores of jobs unfilled, according to new research from the Career Advisory Board, which closely tracks the jobs market.

Only 11% of employers believe higher education is "very effective" in readying graduates to meet skills needed in their organizations, according to the January survey of 501 U.S. hiring managers, human resource specialists and executives. Some 62% said students were unprepared.

The jobs' gap is especially pronounced by age: 72% of respondents agreed that millennials are keeping pace with technology but only half of baby boomers are, said the survey.

There are more than 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but less than 43,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year, according to Code.org, a non-profit backed by the tech industry that's dedicated to expanding access to computer science.

To read the full article written by Jon Swartz, please visit USA TODAY.
 

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