A look at any newspaper's employment section suggests that competition for qualified workers in information technology (IT) is intense. Yet even experts disagree on not only the actual supply versus demand for IT workers but also on whether the nation should take any action on this economically important issue.
Building a Workforce for the Information Age offers an in-depth look at IT. workers-where they work and what they do-and the policy issues they inspire. It also illuminates numerous areas that have been questioned in political debates:
- Where do people in IT jobs come from, and what kind of education and training matter most for them?
- Are employers' and workers' experiences similar or different in various parts of the country?
- How do citizens of other countries factor into the U.S. IT workforce?
- What do we know about IT career paths, and what does that imply for IT workers as they age? And can we measure what matters?
The committee identifies characteristics that differentiate IT work from other categories of high-tech work, including an informative contrast with biotechnology. The book also looks at the capacity of the U.S. educational system and of employer training programs to produce qualified workers.
"This timely, in-depth look at IT workers--where they work, what they do, and the policy issues they inspire--illustrates numerous areas that have been raised in political debates."
-- Business Horizons, 2003