STEM Employee Shortage Overblown, but in Data Center and Cloud Worlds IT Infrastructure Talent Demand Not Meeting Supply

Plenty of STEM talent but maybe not for IT Infrastructure
Plenty of STEM talent but maybe not for IT Infrastructure

Everybody knows that there is a gargantuan STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, if you live someplace without myriad banners for summer camps) employment undersupply. Simply not enough talented technology and math/science employees to fill the available roles. In keeping with the spirit of the two-week political convention season, let’s state unequivocally that this is a huge problem that requires massive action and funding to be overcome.

Except that it isn’t. Study after study, even since this article was published, continues to show that there are plenty of STEM workers in the US who are fully capable of filling these roles.

But while a readily available supply of technology talent may be available in some industries, in IT infrastructure that may not be the case. IT infrastructure is a new-ish industry, with specific skill sets and a willingness to learn, as technologies change rapidly and end users frequently don’t know what to do with all the available options.

Service providers, especially those offering cloud solutions in the mix, are quick to gobble up any talent. With a lack of experienced, impressive talent out there, hiring executives will tell you they are happy to hire those without a ton of experience, but displaying initiative. Meanwhile, while the largest enterprises and tech-centric companies invest heavily in employees who know what they’re doing, some smaller end-users make decisions that indicate either a lack of sophistication or too much reliance on a salesperson’s expertise.

IT infrastructure options are moving so quickly, it can be tough to keep up. There’s a lot of trust involved, both in your employees and your outsources. If you don’t have a top-notch, trustworthy infrastructure pro on your team, things can get sideways in a hurry.

The stakes are high, and while employment statistics suggest that we’ve got the tech talent to match the supply, those hiring into high-stakes roles will tell you a different story.



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