New York City’s Plan to Create More Tech Pros

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Over the past several years, New York City has positioned itself as a tech-industry hub, the sort of place that both a bootstrapping startup and a major technology conglomerate can comfortably call home. But in order for the industry to thrive over the long term, those companies need workers—and the city now has a plan to fulfill that talent need.

Under the new Computer Science for All initiative, all students in New York City’s school system will receive a computer-science education. That’s 1.1 million kids potentially learning to code and build Web pages. It’s also an extraordinarily ambitious goal: As the city’s official Medium posting on the initiative pointed out, that number of potential programmers needs to be “compared to the 39,000 students who took the AP computer science exam in all of the United States in 2014.”

Cities such as Raleigh are already facing a level of demand for tech pros that’s difficult to always fulfill. While New York City boasts an infrastructure and population that allows it to meet that need more effectively than smaller towns, it still faces increased hunger on the part of local companies for developers, engineers, network administration professionals, data analysts, and many other types of roles.

According to the 2015-2014 Dice Salary Survey, the average salary for a New York-based tech pro was $93,915, roughly 6 percent above the national average of $87,811. In addition to the local tech-firm ecosystem, industries as varied as financial services, advertising, media, and insurance all need workers well-versed in modern tech. Students who graduate through the city’s new program may face a lot of opportunities.

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2 Responses to “New York City’s Plan to Create More Tech Pros”

September 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm, Jane Doe said:

The fact that the average salary for a tech worker in NYC is $94,000 is why they can’t find people to fill the positions. Having worked in the NYC area, there is no way I would move back for that amount. There is no quality of life at that pay level given the cost of living in that area. Employers need to double that rate and then they won’t have any problem at all finding workers. Or better yet, make the job remote. There are areas of the country where $94,000 is good pay so why insist that the workers uproot their lives and move to one of the most expensive cities in the world for when they can get a similar rate of pay anywhere?

And this problem is not limited to NYC. Not a day goes by where I’m not contacted about a job that a company hasn’t been able to fill for months, yet they are not willing to budge on anything. They want me to relocate across the country but I have to do it within two weeks and offer no relocation assistance. They won’t allow remote work, the job must be onsite. They want to pay me less than or the same as what I currently make (why would I uproot my whole life and move across the country for the same pay?). They don’t want offer flexible hours, work from home a few days a week, or anything, really. Then they cry to anyone who will listen that they can’t find anyone to do the job.

No matter how much propaganda the government and corporations continue to pump out blaming the workers, the fact remains that the problem is on the employer side.

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October 24, 2015 at 4:20 am, Steve Star said:

Amen. Thanks for an accurate post.
I am in a near tech field and I’m amazed at the demands of the employers. My guess is that we are all economic slaves to the boss-man. It’s pathetic how the media paints this ridiculous picture of “high starting salaries” without even considering the cost of living of the headquartered company. Like you said, no relocation expense, abuse and misuse of the employee (see the case of
Amazon.com), followed by various denials such as “Oh really?” and “Who, me? (Amazon.com)”

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