Need Work? Learn To Code

coding programming computer science jobsBy Hank Stringer


According to the Computer Science Teachers Association, the number of U.S. high schools offering introductory computer science dropped to 69% in 2011 from 78% in 2005. While a manpower survey reports that 52 percent of U.S. companies had trouble filling essential positions; the study supports statistics from the U.S. Labor Department showing that more than three million tech jobs remain unfilled for months. These hard-to-fill positions tend to be in Internet technology, machine operation, and engineering fields, though nursing and accounting also top the list.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported Teaching Ventures Catch the Programming Wave, which describes real and affordable opportunities for people interested in learning how to code and program, a hiring need that exists today that is not being met because we don't have the trained talent available.

There was a time, 20 – 30 years ago when most of the technical companies in the market trained talent to fill needs. They had to as there were not enough available trained talent. Our technical growth in this country has continued while the costs associated with training have increased as well. Companies stopped training as the costs were high and competitors relied on recruiting trained talent from the companies making the investment. Companies relied on academic institutions to train, an expensive proposition and not a tract that all students were interested in pursuing. For these and other reasons we don't have enough technical talent available and need more.

Leave it up to entrepreneurs in the private sector to understand a problem of valuable size and develop a solution that makes sense. With our technology and productivity advances, why wouldn't we have the ability to train more people faster at affordable prices and solve the problem. It appears the answer is finally here and we are on our way!

So, if you are out of work, are interested in changing to a technical career or understand you need new skills as you want to work past traditional retirement age, check out these new online and physical technical training opportunities supported by interesting business models.

  • Treehouse Island Inc.: "The service, which starts at $25 a month, teaches online classes in subjects like Web development and building mobile apps. Users rack up virtual badges for completing quizzes and code challenges." WSJ

  • Competitor Codecademy: "The site's free online exercises have been accessed nearly 30 million times since its August launch." WSJ

  • General Assembly: "A campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship. We provide educational programming, space, and support to facilitate collaborative practices and learning opportunities across a community inspired by the entrepreneurial experience." Home

These solutions are exciting and we will see more education solutions in the market in the future. Next up – we need plumbers...



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You also have to remember coding is so heavily outsourced and there are more coders than jobs causing demands to be to steep. They probably just want an excuse to offshore saying "nobody is qualified here".

January 16 2012 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I know what you mean Tom, I have a bachelor of computer science, graduated Summa Cum Laude and am 3/4 done a master's and nobody wants to hire me either. Perhaps they prefer new grads from local colleges and don't like I did much of my course work online after community college. I focused on programming too. The jobs available have really steep requirements and usually want you to have the amount of experience that equals the languages' existence. Jobs go unfilled because they refuse give people a chance and jobs requirements are written by those with no background in CS which causes a lot of hiring ethics isssues.

January 16 2012 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

When I got a master's degree in computer science, almost nobody wanted to hire me, they wanted recent working programming experience. It took me almost a year to get a job, and it was a consulting job only.

January 03 2012 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
triciapen1

this country has plently of talent...the best in the world...let these nit picky corporations go overseas and work them to death...

January 03 2012 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freeetob

Yeppy. Flipping hamburgers, filling mail orders and answering phones in a call center are all considerations for replacing your job as a CPA, rocket scientist or architent.

January 03 2012 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pbc444

(add in the HIRES from outside the US via the WAIVERS and lower wage/benefit ratio that allow for positions to be filled by other than US workers...been a long standing practice and not just in tech field..

January 03 2012 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chasjeff

You write, "Companies relied on academic institutions to train, an expensive proposition and not a tract that all students were interested in pursuing." Did you perhaps mean "track"?

January 03 2012 at 6:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
macepura

Redundant, redundancy, I and family ready for a happier year.

January 03 2012 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Setanta

where's the demand for accountants ?

January 03 2012 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
belldn3

Pimping????????

January 03 2012 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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