Are There Really 400,000 Tech Jobs Out There?

Are There Really 400,00 Tech Jobs Out There?Anne Fisher, who serves as a sort of career-related Dear Abby at Fortune, recently fielded a question from a parent worried about the job prospects for his college grad son, who has a degree in computer science.

On the one hand, we keep hearing about layoffs and outsourcing, but on the other hand, everything runs on computers now, so surely there must be some good tech jobs in this country, especially at the (relatively cheap) entry level.

Fisher’s response:

Funny you should ask. CompTIA, the biggest trade association for IT folks and their employers, recently launched a new recruiting campaign aimed at filling an estimated 400,000 tech job openings.

She goes on to interview CompTIA chief Todd Thibodeaux and a handful of recruiters, one of whom tells her, "I’ve had jobs go unfilled for weeks or months because people with the right combinations of skills just aren’t available." Says Fisher: "Even people with years of tech experience may find they need to upgrade their certifications and venture into new territory in order to retool their careers in today’s job market."

She also references Dice’s own list of skill sets most in demand among employers these days:

  • Security. Employers often want to hire people who have earned the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) designation (see
  • Virtualization. The term refers to the practice of running multiple servers on a single piece of hardware, increasing efficiency and conserving energy.
  • Java EE. Sun Microsystems’ Java and its enterprise edition, until recently called J2EE, are the industry standards for developing online applications.
  • SAP. Most employers prefer candidates who have direct on-the-job experience with SAP.
  • .NET. Microsoft has a variety of certifications, but "the most bang for the buck comes from the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)" designation, which covers Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET framework.

–Don Willmott

4 Responses to “Are There Really 400,000 Tech Jobs Out There?”

  1. JS90266

    This is all well and good, but I’ve been strugging to find work for two months now. I can say “I’m learning .NET” or “I’m learning web development” but that doesn’t cut it with employers who seek someone with five or more years of experience. It’s awfully cavalier to say “just learn something new and you’ll get a job.” It’s not that simple.

  2. I have all this real experience, but everytime I apply for a job I get the “overqualified” statement. I would figure that companies would want somone that is overqualified. If they would focus on the compensation negotiation more and not assume that I want $100 per hour maybe they would get a loyal employee.

  3. It’s understandable that employers find it difficult to fill jobs, as they’ve been looking for individuals between the age of 21 and 30 who speak Farsi, Mandarin and Swahili, have 5+ years experience in .NET, Fortran, C++ and SAP and top secret clearance. The truth of the matter in many cases seems to be that they’re looking to reject all US applicants in order to hire H1b visas or offshore the job to a foreign consultant.

  4. Hi,

    From my experiance in India and US i find that real good technical hands are very diffcult to find in both India and US and they will cost the same .The actual difference is in US we find a lot of guys who have real good experiance and the aptitude to write software , this skill is very rare in India . The moral :Good guys cost the same whether in US and India or anywhere else , pay for them if your projects have to give the Expected ROI , dont get fooled by all this cheap /offshore talk and end up putting money in the drain.
    Another fact is a Good developer is equivalent to 100 mediocare ones .