Cincinnati suffers from chronically high unemployment, yet hundreds of open tech jobs go unfilled for months, or longer, according to Cincinnati.com. This reflects an ongoing national trend as the U.S. labor pool shifts to address the increasing demand for tech professionals in business.
Tech jobs in Ohio pay well. Last January, nearly 2,100 tech jobs were advertised in online and help wanted ads, according to data compiled by Cincinnati.com from the 2018 Ohio Job Outlook Employment Projections report. The department says that overall, Computer and Information System Managers are the second most in demand. It expects to see more than 10,000 of those positions by 2018, up from about 9,800 in 2008.
“The burden of educating young people about tech careers is really falling on business,” Jim Scott, Kroger’s former chief technology officer turned chief information officer at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, told Cincinnati.com. “If we weren’t Cincinnati and a natural philanthropic community, I think we’d really be suffering right now.”
Area leaders are currently considering a six-month boot camp for unemployed or underemployed workers to learn tech skills such as programming, help desk or systems analysis. Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a partnership in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region focused on meeting demand for skilled workers, is also collaborating with CompTIA to conduct one of two pilots of a six-month apprenticeship program. The program allows participants to earn certifications and take on entry level helpdesk and call center jobs. Its goal is to introduce people to the field, expecting they’ll either pursue a technical degree or learn other sought-after skills.