Other Key FindingsApplied Tech Skills are Essential in 21 st Century Business
- Seventy-seven percent said a company's competitive advantage lies in using applied tech skills to solve problems, and they desire a workforce well-equipped with the proper skills to do so.
- Proficiency with data analytics - which refers to qualitative and quantitative techniques and processes use to derive business insights from behavioral data - is an example of an increasingly sought-after skill in numerous employee roles.
- Although hard tech skills like coding are not mandatory for all job types, there is still a serious shortage of these skills in IT-related professions.
- An overwhelming majority of respondents agreed their organizations do not have enough of the following hard tech skills: network and information security (80 percent), cloud computing (76 percent), web architecture development (73 percent), internet of things (72 percent) and artificial intelligence (63 percent).
- Leverage design thinking: A strategy for innovation, design thinking can be leveraged by educators to ensure students are interacting with technology as they would in the real world.
- Encourage tinkering: Whether in the classroom or in an employment setting, incorporating technology learning and experimentation into coursework or job responsibilities can help students and employees become applied tech proficient.
- Build reciprocal mentorship channels: Reciprocal mentorship programs, which pair more seasoned employees with less experienced ones, can help expand the adoption of applied tech skills throughout an organization.
- Focus on the female pipeline: Currently, women are underrepresented in the IT industry. The public and private sectors must partner to encourage and support young girls to explore technology careers and provide resources along the way.
- Review what is working globally: While the tech skills gap is not unique to the U.S., other countries have taken steps to bridge that divide that educators and employers should emulate.