Why Today's Crazy Demand for IT Workers Will Get Even Crazier

Kara Leiterman

Friday February 23, 2018
An article by NWTC blogger and graduate Joan Koehne

When I enrolled at NWTC in 2015 I was carrying a flip phone. You remember the ones--one tap to text A, two for B, three for C. That pretty much sums up my digital literacy at the time. To get ahead in today’s workforce, it helps to be tech savvy. It’s one of the reasons I returned to college as an adult. I wanted to be more comfortable with the technology most people take for granted. My NWTC classes opened up a new world of technology for me.

That’s why I’m so in awe of people who do wonders with computers, and I’m not the only one who appreciates their talent. Employers are hiring Information Technology professionals like crazy! That’s good news for adults thinking about changing careers.

The NWTC IT programs include:
·         Software Developer
·         Security Specialist
·         Computer Support
·         Web Development
·         System Administrator
·         Business Analyst

Graduates of NWTC’s IT programs are in high demand, with 90% of them finding employment before they graduate.

“In the past, employers wanted a 4-year degree. That’s just not true anymore,” said Julie Ebben-Matzke, who left a career in IT to become an associate dean in NWTC’s College of Business.

The jobs pay well, too, with starting salaries at $50,000/year, according to NWTC data. Average salaries are at $79,500. The highest demand is for software developers, although the demand is also strong for IT security specialists.  NWTC offers these two programs, and many more. It’s no coincidence that NWTC completed a state-of-the-art data center in Green Bay last fall. Technology is every-changing, and NWTC is rapidly developing the courses and systems to keep pace.

Julie said the IT career field is wide open, due to an aging workforce (I’m 52, so I can relate to that!) and an increasing demand for technology services (What industry doesn’t use technology every day?).
“It’s an environment where you can go anywhere with your skill set,” she said. “I went from a trucking company, to financial services, to education. What interests you?”

In Northeast Wisconsin, employers are expecting 3,000 new IT positions will go unfilled by 2021, according to the Northeast Wisconsin IT Alliance, an organization working to address the shortage.
Enrolling in NWTC’s IT classes sounds like a shrewd career move for people like me who are ready to return to college, gain new skills, and make  a career change. (I graduated with a marketing degree in 2017, left the newspaper industry, and opened my own writing business.)

IT careers are ideal for individuals who are good at problem solving, analytical thinking, and communication. They’re probably not the ones carrying around a flip phone! Every time I see a cool website, try out a new app, or pick up the phone to call support, I thank my lucky stars that IT specialists are out there doing wonders with technology.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan Koehne, of Abrams, is a 2017 graduate of NWTC. 

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