“I’ve heard tech jobs are the future, but I’m not sure how to find job training near me. And is training even enough to break into a new industry?” These are the types of worries and anxieties we hear a lot. As manufacturing destroys many traditional jobs, technology has been held up as the future of our economy. What can Shasta County residents do to enter the field?

Opportunities in technology

First of all, opportunities are abundant in technology. It’s estimated that there are 500,000 unfilled computing jobs nationwide. Even this number is probably low. If there was a larger labor force with technical skills available, it’s likely that businesses would make even greater use of technology in marketing, logistics, customer service, and many other areas.

Healthcare IT, systems integration, and mobile apps development are especially starved for skilled workers, though it can take years to develop the skills necessary to do these jobs.

To make a long story short, yes, it is possible to break into technology with training alone. Areas like web development and SEO marketing are especially easy to break into, as these skills can be learned rather quickly.

Job training near me: No need to go back to college

More good news for job seekers: The federal government has recognized that the economy is changing for some time. A vast array of state and federal retraining programs exist, designed to help adults become proficient with technology.

The bad news is that these programs are not well known. Thus far, the government has not been very successful getting the word out, and so the full potential of these programs hasn’t been realized.

Still, from the perspective of the job seeker, there are plenty of resources available for anyone who is serious about becoming tech educated.

What skills should the average person prioritize? Basic web development skills are an important foundation. Beyond that, these ten technology skills are the most demanded by employers right now.

  • Python
  • Java
  • Cloud Services
  • Linux
  • Javascript
  • SQL
  • Matlab
  • HTML
  • Perl
  • Go

Finding a job

Training is only half the battle. Even if you find a job in tech, you won’t necessarily make huge stacks of cash right away. Problem-solving skills, a good attitude, and people skills are all necessary for the person who wants to turn technology into a career.

This is actually good news for long-time employees who want new careers. Chances are your experience and your wisdom won’t go to waste, as long as they’re paired with the important skills that are in-demand now.

Ready to search for job training in technology? The Smart Business Resource Center is here to help. Contact us at 530-246-7911 in Shasta County or at 530-623-5538 in Trinity County and we’ll help you get started.

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