Magazine article Techniques

Wanted: IT Professionals

Magazine article Techniques

Wanted: IT Professionals

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Unfilled information technology (IT) support and service jobs are costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars, says one recent study. One organization wants to jump-start IT careers to fill those positions.

CompTIA--the Computing Technology Industry Association--commissioned a survey of 878 chief information officers and IT executives nationwide that found that nearly 10 percent of IT service and support positions--about 268,740 jobs--are now open. That adversely affects the U.S. economy by more than $100 billion in spending each year that would result from salaries and training.

"Our research shows that the majority of businesses today attribute missed deadlines, lost productivity and higher expenses to the nationwide shortage of qualified IT service and support professionals," said John Venator, CompTIA's president and chief executive officer in a release.

In response to the discouraging numbers, CompTIA created the JOBS+ program to connect prospective IT professionals with educators to train and certify them and with employers who need them. "Our JOBS+ program provides future IT workers a career path and provides business the talent pool it so desperately said.

The program will initially target high school and community college students, and will provide guidance and approval of curriculum and teacher training programs that are not vendor-specific. …

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