Things are looking good for federal IT contractors – More evidence of a talent shortage in health IT – and did you ever see the TV show Green Acres? Google it. It might show you something about your future.
The budget for federal IT contractors is set to increase substantially between now and 2015 – from $86 billion to $112 billion. The growth is primarily driven by a need to reduce costs and waste from existing systems. Though the government wants to hire more full-time workers, it’s got to grapple with immediate needs. Those include addressing some areas where insourcing hasn’t saved as much money as hoped. The administration wants to leverage shared services, automate processes, improve cybersecurity, and invest in technology infrastructure. All those require more
work from IT. Bottom line: Though the government wants to cut costs, IT is so important to its operations, and there’s such a gap in federal tech expertise, spending here is bound to grow.
Healthcare executives are worried about a shortage of IT professionals. Fifty one percent think the shortage could delay their projects, and 10 percent say it would definitely have an impact. Remember: completion of EHR projects is often tied to receiving stimulus funds – no EHR, no money. The greatest need for is for people who can implement clinical records software. More than 70 percent of the CIOs lack the staff to implement clinical applications. And, they’re also worried about retaining their current staff. Since there’s such demand, they’re worried about poaching.
More tech jobs are moving to the country – places like Jonesboro, Ark., or Macon,
Mo. Maybe they’re not exactly hotbeds of urban chic, but there’s a lot development going on out there, a lot of businesses with tech needs, and a lot of government agencies. So, more IT professionals are looking for work there. NetworkWorld says a lot of outsourcing companies have located in small towns and cities. Because it costs less to put there, they can keep their fees relatively low. But before you rent a U-Haul, remember the country lifestyle is a lot different from, say, Palo Alto or New York. And though some costs
will be lower, your salary might be, too.