Aerospace and defense companies simply can’t find enough people. This year alone, they’ll hire more than 15,000 people across all job categories, says Aviation Week. One worry: 30 percent of their current workforce is between 50 and 59 years old. Since the business uses technology for almost every aspect of design and production, many of these positions are IT-related. Companies need software engineers, cybersecurity specialists, network admins, network engineers, systems engineers, Web developers and system admins. And, ComputerWorld says this is the highest paying IT sector this year.
California‘s information and communications technologies workforce could
grow 7 percent over the next two years. That’s nearly double the overall employment growth estimates. A new study found that 85 percent of the states companies require at least some employees to fill ICT jobs. Seventy four percent say these roles will become even more important than they are now. So the sector expects to add 46,000 jobs, paying about twice the state average. On the downside – for the companies, anyway – more than 50 percent are having trouble recruiting employees with the needed skills.
Some job notes we’ve come across. Games publisher Bigpoint will add around 350 employees globally, including 80 designers, 3D artists and developers in San Francisco. Business software provider Structured Solutions plans to create 200 jobs in Nebraska.The company says it will begin next month. In Akron, Involta began construction of a $20 million data center. It’ll employ 60 people with an average salary of $70,000. In Indianapolis, 314 jobs will be created by 2014 when Mobi Wireless Management and Bostech combine resources. Their tech jobs will pay anywhere from from 50K to 83K.