Bridging The STEM Jobs Skills Gap

Bridging The STEM Jobs Skills Gap

There will be a dramatic shortage of job seekers for new career opportunities being created in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) in December, a program designed to offer more than 50,000 green cards to migratory technological workers with a doctorate or Master’s degree from an accredited American university in a STEM discipline. The legislation is meant to help companies meet their anticipated growing demand, and address the skills necessary for these positions. Among the greatest area of concern for a growing skills gap is cloud preparation.

Microsoft published a study in December that reports cloud-sector jobs should be among the highest growth job fields by 2020. The study says two-thirds of businesses “are planning, implementing or using cloud computing” and call these skills a “high priority."

“Lack of training, certification or experience are the top three reasons why cloud positions are not filled,” the report continues.

Universities and colleges are beginning to offer more cloud computing courses, and companies like Microsoft and Adobe provide online certification.