IT labor market analysis results available

The Pierce County Careers Consortium has published a first-ever Pierce County Information Technology (IT) Labor Market Analysis.

The study integrates selected industry reports, data and research from 186 IT and non-IT businesses that integrate IT into business efforts.

The study identifies some of the key economic and workforce issues facing the IT industry in Tacoma-Pierce County.

The report is authored by Alan J. Hardcastle, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at Washington State University Social Sciences Research Center-Puget Sound division, with Julia O’Brien Fallon, IT SKILLS Grant Manager, Pierce County Careers Consortium.

The report examines IT skills needs, employment and demographic factors, and the capacity of the county’s education and training system to respond. The various data sources, forecasts and studies in the analysis suggest that Pierce County is well on its way to becoming an economy that includes a segment of IT producers and a growing number of IT workers.

A set of six general recommendations and strategies for key stakeholders to consider as elements of a strategic plan are included in the report.

The recommendations and strategies are designed to better align the IT industry, education and economic development efforts currently under way throughout the county and to craft a vision and action plan that represents the collective interests of industry, education and community partners.

For more information or to obtain a copy of this report contact Julia O’brien Fallon at 253/583-5070 or Joy Howland at 425/564-2192.