Software Development Talent Survey
As part of a collaborative effort to address workforce issues in the technology industry, TECNA, University of Phoenix and Apollo Education Group conducted a joint research study on software development talent acquisition, skills gaps, and educational requirements.
In In June 2014, 760 respondents from technology companies in more than 29 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces participated in a 22 question online survey. In October 2014, a virtual roundtable was held with 16 industry professionals who validated and augmented the survey findings.The findings provide a wealth of insight into the software development talent shortage and best practices to fill workforce gaps, including these key statistics:
- 83% of respondents agreed there is a shortage of software development professionals
- 51% of respondents said that the main reason for the shortage is an inadequate supply of local talent (i.e. uneven geographic distribution of qualified workers)
- 69% of employers are taking action to close anticipated gaps by offering internal training, internships, and retraining, and by building professional networks.
- Education that promotes hands-on experience and practical application of skills to solve real problems is critical to professional success.
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