Our economy continues to shift from a manufacturing and goods based economy to one that is based on services and technology. This digital economy can help improve our quality of life as well as the speed at which we do business, however there are a number of threats to the growth of the digital economy. Chief amongst these threats is the skills gap that exists between what is needed to continue innovating and the technical knowledge of today’s workforce.
Take for example a mechanic. For decades mechanics possessed specialized skills that they learned through apprenticeships and even formal education. But the digital economy is transforming our cars from pure mechanical machines to actual computers. The balance is shifting so that the skills once needed to be a mechanic are becoming outdated. The problem is we have thousands of highly-trained, highly-skilled mechanics who are unequipped to fix the cars of the future. This isn’t an issue of intelligence or ability to learn. Instead it is an issue of training those who are already in the field.
Of course, the skills gap extends far beyond the field of mechanics into just about every field we know. According to the Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the US are unfilled. And that’s just in cybersecurity –a crucial component needed for the digital economy to succeed and grow.
What can we do to fill the skills gap to ensure the digital economy does not fail? Suring Veracode’s Cyber Second Podcast, Gary Beach, author of the The U.S. Technology Skills Gap discusses how we can evolve the skills of today’s workforce while shifting our education programs to train the workers of the future.