Mind the gap. The IT gap that is.
The rapid creation of technology-driven jobs has created a gap between the demand for qualified IT talent and the available resource pool. This widening deficit, if not bridged, can lead to a dangerous mix of stagnation and outsourcing. That’s where a team of community based initiatives come in to save the day! The Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, Hillsborough Community College and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, to name a few, are developing strategies to help you take advantage of the gap. We’ve knocked out the top 4 benefits below.
1. Market Demand. We are flying into the future faster than Marty McFly. Research conducted in Hillsborough and Pinellas county show that companies are concerned about IT related positions and are facing challenges finding entry level talent. Projections put IT job growth ahead of occupational job growth through 2019 with a regional contribution of 16 BILLION to the GDP annually. That means a continued demand for IT jobs for years to come!
2. Competitive Earnings. Since the industry is constantly updating, anyone in the field has to be a lifelong learner. An advantage to this continued career development is an ever increasing salary with greater marketability with time. IT jobs with the appropriate training and continued career development had an average earning anywhere from $46,000 for a Computer Support Specialist to $70K for Network and Computer Systems Administrators.
3. Community Interest. Thanks to the combined effort of Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough Community College and others; a comprehensive strategy has been put into place based on research and collaboration with Tampa bay companies. Grow Tampa Bay Tech is working to do just that, grow IT jobs in the area, through real world training, streamlining internships, innovative career development, recruitment and retention practices, and regional and external marketing. With a full force of committed partners to IT job growth in the Tampa Bay area, anyone looking to go into the field has a myriad of resources and support available.
4. FREE Training. Research in the Tampa Bay market has identified key program areas where the skills gap is greatest including Java, cloud computing and sales engineers, CRM, security and SharePoint. To better bridge the gap, the Tampa bay Hi-Tech Training (HITT) program provides funding for training in Information Technology and Telecommunications fields. A partnership with Hillsborough Community College and the Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education has made this a reality through certifications for Network Administrator, Engineer or Specialist, Security Administrator, PC Support Specialist, Help Desk Technician and more. Priority services exist for veterans and the unemployed.
The IT gap can work for you. A huge demand, high earnings, community support and comprehensive training make now the right time for a job in the IT industry.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication from a collaborative of area workforce and educational organizations, the road to bridging the IT gap is paved in gold. For more information on what programs like Tampa Bay Hi-Tech Training can do for you go to www.WorkforceTampa.com.
For questions regarding HCC’s IT certification programs, or about HCC’s enrollment requirements, please contact Courtney Bowersox at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 259-6545.