It’s no secret that scores of STEM disciplines are in the midst of a severe talent shortage in the U.S. In the past decade, businesses have found themselves relying on foreign talent - many of them possessing H-1B visas - to fill the gaps in their workforce. No stranger to this phenomenon is software development.
Recently, an organization called ACT (no, not that ACT) - The App Association, has compiled an interactive map displaying the locations of unfilled coding positions all around the county - over 220,000 in all. With an average salary exceeding $100,000, this map exemplifies the struggle that tech businesses are facing as the demand for coding talent grows while the supply fails to keep pace.
While the map itself is interesting, it also highlights some interesting statistics in its sidebar. For one, it dispels the myth of Silicon Valley’s preeminence, as it notes that 89% of software programmers are located outside of the Northern California locale. It also delves into the educational gap which may be playing a part in fueling this talent shortage. According the ACT - The App Association, only 13.2% of U.S. high schools currently offer an AP Computer Science course.
So where are these hotspots of unfilled jobs? According to the map, major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and Austin, TX are the most in need of programmers. San Francisco - the home of Silicon Valley - is naturally also in need of talent.
STEM Premier is on the case. There are currently over 2,400 students on our platform who are interested in computer programming as a career. These students come from all 50 states with an average GPA of 3.65 (based on a 4.0 scale). They also boast an average ACT score of 28 and an average SAT score of 1821. These students are also heavily concentrated in the same cities that are currently in need of talent.
Simply put, we are helping to build the pipeline of talent, and we strive to connect our students with the companies that are looking for individuals just like them.