Create opportunities for employers and job-seekers alike with these proposed policies to help close chronic skills gaps.
A tightening labor market, persistent skills gaps (in fields from manufacturing to technology), and the short shelf life of skills in the rapidly changing digital economy, have led to a seemingly paradoxical narrative in the education-to-employment pipeline.
In manufacturing, for instance, 70 percent of companies now face shortages of workers with the necessary technology skills. And yet millions of Americans struggle to find jobs that put them on a path toward social and economic mobility or, at least, a comfortable perch in the middle class.
What’s worse, the compounding forces of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will begin to dislocate a growing number of workers — putting unprecedented pressure on an education and workforce development system that is ill-equipped to tackle looming reskilling and training challenges.
New Models Emerge
In the last five years, an array of non-accredited education and training providers has surfaced to address these challenges, including General Assembly, as well as on-demand learning platforms, ultra-low-cost course providers (like StraighterLine or Coursera), and new approaches to “education as an employee benefit” (pioneered by companies like Chipotle, in partnership with Guild Education).
Over the past few months, we’ve been working with Burning Glass Technologies to study today’s most in-demand jobs, the skills required to land them, and the places in which these opportunities are most available. Our new report, “Blurring Lines: How Business and Technology Skills Are Merging to Create High Opportunity Hybrid Jobs,” concludes that many of these roles—in fields like web development, data science, and digital marketing—demand both technical and business acumen.
Marketers are analyzing more complicated data sets, developers are building websites and apps that are functional and drive the bottom line—business and technology do not function in a vacuum, and skilled professionals are expected to develop both sets of skills.
These hybrid jobs are among the fastest growing and best careers in today’s job market—more than 250,000 positions were open in the last year alone, and the average starting salary is upwards of $100,000. Continue reading
Time and time again, the question of “what programming language should I learn?” seems to surface in various internet locales. There are a lot of ways to answer this question, depending on factors like existing skill set, desired end result, and personal preference.
Here’s another approach to consider–one that looks at career utility as opposed to didactic value: which programming languages currently have the most attractive supply and demand ratio in the job marketplace? That is, which languages are associated with the most open jobs and the fewest candidates to fill them?