22 JulAn Understated Crisis

Posted in Tech by Christen Black, CMO

For the first time in decades, there are more job openings than job seekers. This particularly true in the IT industry.

During my first few post-graduate years, unemployment rates were at “Great Recession” levels of 6.5%. Not only were jobs hard to come by, but for a recent grad… practically impossible.

Today, the pendulum has swung the opposite direction. Only 13% of IT openings can be filled by our university graduates. Sitting here in 2019, there are:

500,000 open IT positions
14,000 UI/UX job openings
By 2020, 2.3 million AI/Machine learning will be needed
By 2022, 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings are expected

According to Emerson, the tech talent shortage has reached a crisis point. Emerson found that while students are twice as likely to study in the STEM field, the demand for STEM grads exceeds the number of students studying, “In manufacturing alone, the National Association of Manufacturing and Deloitte predict the U.S. will need to fill about 3.5 million jobs by 2025; yet as many as 2 million of those jobs may go unfilled, due to difficulty finding people with the skills in demand.”

So how do we stop the proverbial bleeding? Enter Provalus. Here at Optomi Professional Services, we created our Provalus brand to tackle the tech talent shortage. We’re training, hiring and developing ambitious individuals who are interested in a career in tech. Our IT training services have elevated high-aptitude individuals from jobs at retail stores and gas stations to careers as software developers, quality assurance testers, data security experts, system engineers and more. Not only are we creating a much needed workforce, but for the families of these modern technology workers, we are creating a means for them to thrive. We are reclaiming the American Dream… one rural American town at a time.

We invite you to explore our mission at www.provalus.com.