New Orleans’ Technology Companies Seek Qualified Workers

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High-tech companies in New Orleans are looking for workers with the right qualifications on their resumes to fill a growing number of job openings.Technology companies now account for 5 to 10% of all new jobs being created in the city, however many company officials say they are seeing a shortage of local talent, partly due to the lack of strong postsecondary programs, according to the Times-Picayune.

Matt Wisdom, founder of the high-tech company TurboSquid, told the news agency the city is a great place for those looking for careers in computing, but more schools need to focus on the trades, rather than just knowledge-based learning.Getting the universities in sync to meet the engineering needs will help the whole city, Wisdom added “Let’s make New Orleans an engineering mecca. If they can get a good education in computer science, we’ll train them, we’ll give them the experience. There’s an enormous amount of opportunities here.”Patrick Comer, head of the marketing research technology firm Federated Sample, said students need to learn how to code, utilize basic technology systems and use social media.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for computer programmers are expected to increase by 12% through 2020.

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