Techies have had the ability to work at companies for a decade, and some of them are now thinking of switching careers.
But some of those who have jumped into the ranks of those tech-focused careers may not be as ready for the shift as the ones who’ve already started.
According to a report released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers, just 17 percent of employers with 15 or more full-time employees said that they have hired a computer science graduate or master’s degree graduate since 2007, compared to 29 percent who said the same in 2015.
“The hiring freeze is definitely a problem, and we know it’s a problem,” said Erin M. Dickey, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Washington who studies the rise of technology and careers in STEM fields.
“There are plenty of graduates out there, but they’re not getting the same opportunities as those in the tech world.”
What’s going on?
Dickey, a member of the National Association for Computing Professionals, says that the hiring freeze has made it difficult for people to make career changes that are meaningful.
“It’s like a Catch-22,” she said.
According to the National Science Foundation, the number of computer and information science (IT) graduates has been growing since 2008, but that growth has slowed dramatically since then. “
Companies are hiring more people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) than ever before, and it’s getting harder and harder to fill those jobs with people who are prepared for the work.”
According to the National Science Foundation, the number of computer and information science (IT) graduates has been growing since 2008, but that growth has slowed dramatically since then.
The agency says the total number of IT graduates has dropped from 14.2 million in 2008 to 12.8 million in 2016.
That’s a big drop in just four years, but the number who are working as computer science graduates is on the rise.
The median age of those working in IT now is 27.5 years old, up from 26.6 years in 2014.
Dickey said the trend is likely due to a variety of factors.
“Computer science is a science that has grown in importance, and I think a lot of people are starting to realize it’s important,” she added.
“They’re trying to find ways to help themselves and their kids.”
Dickey says that employers are also taking advantage of the fact that many people are now working at companies that have a strong interest in IT.
“I think the hiring cycle for IT people is a lot shorter,” she explained.
“People are really starting to look for jobs with a lot more emphasis on being IT-focused.”
But many of those people who have a chance to find a job in the IT industry are being turned down because they don’t have a computer background.
Dice, a company that helps companies recruit and hire IT employees, said that IT grads are now more likely to be ignored because of the lack of experience.
“The lack of IT-related experience is a huge reason why people are not coming out to our offices,” Dice said.
But the problem is not limited to those who don’t yet have the right background.
“It’s really hard for people who don.
They’re trying, but I’m not sure how it’s going to be.
I think they just aren’t ready for it,” Dice added.