Updated Dec. 14, 2012 at 8:07 a.m.

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Published: 2012-12-14 07:43:00
Updated: 2012-12-14 08:07:02

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"Help wanted" signs for information technology workers remain up despite a tough economy. When you consider the unemployment rate, it's hard to imagine an industry that has significantly more open positions than there are qualified people to fill them. That is the case for the IT industry. Each year, 80,000 jobs are estimated to become available in the IT profession across the nation....

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I recently read a job advertisement that required “extensive experience” with SQL 2012. SQL 2012 just released, no one will have extensive experience with this product in a production environment. 2008 or 2008r2 sure, but not 2012. Employers need to be realistic on their requirements and need to exercise a little bit of flexibility. I’ll pick on myself for this example, I’ve been in IT for 23 years now and I’ve worked in a multiple of industries ranging from manufacturing to high-tech. However, I don’t have a degree so I will immediately get kicked out of a candidate system due to the lack of a degree, never mind the 23yr career that has shown a very progressive career path.

In looking at IT-oLogy’s website I fully support the initiative they are undertaking and feel that it will be of benefit to the industry as a whole. I also believe that employers need to be a little more realistic in what they are looking for and they also need to understand what they are seeki
Additionally, I don’t understand Mr. Garcia’s comment that they are specifically targeting regions in the country that have a better ratio of applicants to open jobs than Charlotte. Precision Lender has 2 basic developer positions listed, I find it very difficult to believe that NC does not provide for a more than adequate talent pool to select from.

Maybe there is a problem with entry level IT workers, however there still remains a lot of highly qualified/skilled IT workers that are either unemployed or looking for a change. I think the problem lies just as much with the employer in the aspect that they are unwilling to budge or think outside of the box.
The premise of the discussion is that there is not enough talent to fill IT positions. Alright let’s assume for a minute I agree, I shift my focus from the main article to the frame on the left containing links and the first four links are about declining ‘High-tech’ jobs in North Carolina.

I’m in the triad area so I must admit I was not familiar with the 4 panelist and their respective companies. A quick look nets out the three main employers on this panel Local Advantage, Precision Lender, and AvidXchange have a combined total of 13 open technology related positions according to their websites.

AvidXchange has 13 open position listed on their website with 7 being what I would consider technology related. 7 open positions hardly justifies the following statement “Even if I could afford to buy everybody on the market, I still couldn’t fill all of my jobs”.
Just retired from the industry after 36 years. Most of the large IT companies have become sweatshops - so no wonder the younger crowd is not interested in this type of work. Also there is the constant movement of these jobs to India.
Too many people in the computer field grew up 'messing with them,' and that's all they know.

I worked with a lot of people like that on a university level, they had no fundamental engineering training, and were always insecure about covering up what they didn't know.
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