The Technology Talent Initiative Workforce Plan is the first comprehensive statewide assessment of the technology sector’s workforce requirements, offering a detailed analysis of the scope and scale of the technology talent gap and the role of the public higher education system in addressing shortages.
The report cites an analysis of online job postings showing that 15% of Massachusetts jobs requiring a college degree are in technology related professions. In contrast, only 4% of degrees and certificates granted are in computer science and IT fields. The report also includes data showing that the number of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is projected to grow by 23% overall through 2020, and that the largest share of those jobs will be in technology fields, outnumbering new jobs in architecture, engineering, life sciences and physical sciences combined.
To address the shortages of qualified workers, the plan calls for a review of program capacity in state college and university computer science and IT programs. Working groups will be convened in the summer and fall of 2014 to address specific issues such as the need to increase internship opportunities and provide smoother transfer pathways from community colleges to state university and UMass campuses.