In an effort to boost preparation for jobs in the tech sphere, President Obama rolled out a new plan this week for a program called TechHire. In partnership with 300 public and private employers across 20 regions of the United States, the program aims to train and educate people for jobs in the industry.
According to the Associated Press, more than half of the 5 million jobs on the market today are in fields like information security, information technology and other tech professions. As executives voice concern that talent in the candidate marketplace might not meet qualifications for those openings, both private and public entities have doubled down on their efforts to prepare professionals for high-paying, sought-after tech jobs.
"Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is a key element of the President's middle-class economics agenda," White House Deputy Press Secretary Jennifer Friedman said.
One of the stumbling blocks to declining unemployment is making positions with high salaries accessible to more people. Despite the available of jobs at any pay grade, moving the needle toward higher compensation is another important aspect of putting Americans to work. Tech jobs offer many of the highest base salaries in the country and demand is significant in 2015, so fortifying training and education opportunities is an investment that could improve quality of life for out-of-work Americans. According to MarketWatch, wages have remained "flat" despite dropping rates of joblessness.
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