President Obama’s new initiative, TechHire, is a powerful indication of the present state of tech employment. As you may already know, unemployment has fallen to 5.5 percent, which still leaves about five million open jobs scattered across the country. An estimated 500,000 of those jobs are in the tech sector.
As the New York Times reports, the improvement in employment statistics hasn’t increased our disposable income as much as we had all hoped. This is one reason the Obama administration has focused on filling tech jobs. Many of the openings in IT and tech pay around 50 percent more than other types of jobs. It stands to reason that the more tech jobs get filled, the better our economy will fare.
Many of these high-paying tech jobs don’t require a four-year college degree, but they do mandate a specialized skill set. As IT and tech job candidates, there is no end to skill-building and professional development. The TechHire initiative has received a large influx of federal funding to provide training that can pave the way for tech workers to new, higher-paying jobs.
Per the TechHire website,
“IT jobs in fields like cybersecurity, network administration, coding, project management, UI design and data analytics offer pathways to middle-class careers with average salaries more than one and a half times higher than the average private-sector American job.”
Are you staying sharp? When was the last time you added to your skill set? Are you thinking ahead in terms of not months, but years? As IT and tech workers, you have the good fortune of having some of the best job opportunities in our nation — if, that is, you do everything you can to be the best candidate you can be. Take a tip from the TechHire initiative and add polish to your resume so you can find or trade up into one of the 500,000 open jobs in our country right now.
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