According to Code.org, there are roughly 503,000 open computing jobs in the United States and only about 49,000 Computer Science majors graduated into the field last year. This presents an enormous opportunity for self-taught web developers and software programmers to shore up the gap of open positions in the workforce. For many people looking to start their careers after serving in the military, this is exactly the positive outlook they want to hear.
Because of this high demand for skilled workers, companies are rethinking the requirements for employment, which means the old mentality that all developers must have a Computer Science degree is quickly being tossed aside. This makes it more appealing for those who have spent several years serving their country who are looking for a way to join civilian society and provide for their families.
My own research shows the following and five very long years being totally unemployable even though I am a veteran and I have the computer skills that these groups say they need, merely emphasizes what my research shows.
So tell me.
Are we setting our vets up for failure by putting them to work in the best paying industry America has, and once they have a mortgage, kids, etc. at 45, destroying them by sending their jobs to other countries and importing non-immigrant guest workers to take their jobs here at home?
I believe we are.
Perhaps a couple of videos will help.