A lack of qualified local talent has helped lead to a shortage of software development professionals in North America, according to results of a study by the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) in partnership with Apollo Education Group and subsidiary University of Phoenix. The Arizona Technology Council is a TECNA member.
In a survey of 760 employers across 29 states in the United States and three Canadian provinces, 83 percent of respondents reported a shortage of software development professionals. More than two-thirds of those surveyed reported taking action to change the situation by offering internships and training, and building professional networks.
In addition, 65 percent of employers indicated programming, development and engineering are critical skills for mobile developers while 77 percent of employers indicated these skills are critical for application developers/programmers. For web developers, 54 percent of employers noted that web design and technologies are the most critical skills.