Education that promotes hands-on experience and practical application of skills to solve real problems is key to overcoming a shortage of talent in software development, according to a new study by the University of Phoenix and TECNA.
The 720 respondents from U.S. and Canadian companies participating in the study answered questions from the Valley-based university and the Technology Councils of North America, which includes the Arizona Technology Council as a member. In other findings:
- 83 percent of respondents agreed a shortage of software development professionals exists.
- 51 percent of respondents indicated an inadequate supply of local talent is the main reason for the shortage.
- 69 percent of employers are offering internal training, internships and retraining plus building professional networks to close expected talent gaps.
Additional details about the study are available in PDF format in a presentation here.