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It'd be nice if someone would work to address the high-tech worker shortage by fixing the black hole of higher education in this country. Graduating with decades of debt but a worthless degree has unfortunately become the norm.
In order for the tech field to have less of a shortage, the US has to invest in education. You know that little sector that Trump wants to reduce, with only 3% of the US budget now, it is only going to get worse. There is a house bill 899 which removes the Dept of Education. Obama implemented funds for public school years ago using STEM/STEAM. There are so many programs for school-aged children. This goes for college as well. We have seen an uptick in the tech programs available. Also we have seen this in other groups, like the Girl Scouts. Specifically, we are trying to make this more appealing for girls, it is hard. They are thought at such a young age that this is something they cannot/should not do. Removing public money/education money will ONLY make things worse. A one-laptop per child idea would be good. This includes implementation of low-income internet access, which recently the Trump admin axed as a requirement for ISPs. But, that would take years for these kids to get up to speed for a career. Colleges, are developing engineering programs more as well. Also, if companies start more internship programs this would also be very helpful. But, we are talking years out. As it is, it is hard to fill STEM type jobs now. I get calls and emails everyday from people hiring. There is no shortage.
I've been a software engineer for 18 years. I've been leading teams for close to a decade now. Two major misconceptions I want to address: First off is that foreign workers are cheaper. They're not. We don't hire some Indian kid straight out of college, we hire a guy with a masters and 2 PhDs. These guys know exactly how much we're willing to pay for the position and they demand that much at least. Sometimes they make us throw in extra so they're willing to relocate their families across the ocean. They can and do demand compensate for relocating here. The second misconception I want o address is that we're not trying to hire local. Believe me, I interview at least ten people from the area before we start looking abroad. The problem is most Americans I interview simply aren't interested in learning complex math or advanced computer science. I need people who master these fields because otherwise I need to do all the thinking myself. If the employee is literally just another pair of hands, they're useless to me. If I have to do all the design and algorithmic thinking myself, I might as well do the coding too. The only thing cutting off H1B1 visas will accomplish is forcing us to move our offices overseas. Until and unless Americans are willing to start learning math and science, we will be dependent on foreigners to fill these roles because we don't have enough qualified people to keep the industry running.
Yeh .. so low salary Visa employees contracted through an outsourcing services company hired by profit by any means American corporations are gonna be cut out and citizens are gonna finally get a living wage .. Right
Better write another one pouring more funding into education, then. But, that's not happening. No, they want to cut education and give more to the military.