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Mind the Gap

Mind the GapI’ve been thinking a lot recently about the so-called “gap” between the number of computer science (or at least computer science-related) jobs available and the number of qualified persons to fill them. I hear about it all of the time. Somewhat recently, I had read an article by Jay Borenstein about the need to revamp computer science education as a whole.
It’s a very interesting read but what immediately caught my eye was a statistical piece that he mentions at the beginning of the article. “By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs”. At first glance, this should seem very encouraging to those who are looking to pursue computer science as a career path. The numbers indicate that these professionals are in very high demand and it’s a “buyers market”, so to speak. So why do so many computer science professionals struggle to find work? It’s beca…