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|Demand for Computer & Software Jobs Offers 2nd Career Opportunity|
|News Releases - Science & Technology|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 08 April 2013 14:38|
‘You Don’t Have to be a Math Whiz to Learn,’
There are plenty or good jobs to be found on sites like Monster and Craigslist, says Mark Lassoff, a self-described computer geek and founder of LearnToProgram, Inc. (www.LearnToProgram.tv). The problem is, the glut of unemployed, college-educated professionals available to fill them aren’t qualified, he says.
“American companies will post positions for jobs like developing mobile apps and video games – good, high-paying jobs with benefits – but there just aren’t enough qualified computer programmers out there so, after a few weeks, they send these jobs overseas,” says Lassoff, who has trained employees at the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin and Discover Card Services.
Computer programming jobs are expected to grow by 12 percent by 2020, while software developer jobs are forecast to grow by 30 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2010, the median salary for software developers were earning more than $90,500.
There aren’t enough people to fill these jobs because technology and the job market are moving much faster than education in high schools and colleges, says Lassoff, who develops online courses, books and other materials for people who want to learn programming.
“People think you have to go back to school to learn programming and other computer skills, but you don’t,” he says. “There’s also the myth that you have to be some kind of math or science genius to learn it. Not true. You just need to learn the process, and then practice it. You can build a portfolio by doing volunteer work for a church or charity.”
What types of people are ripe for skills like web development through an online course – and landing a great new job?
Courses for these training programs do not have to be expensive – high quality yet affordable programs can be found for less than $200, he says.
About Mark Lassoff
Mark Lassoff is the founder and CEO of LearnToProgram.tv, Inc. Lassoff majored in communication and computer science in college, and later worked in the software and web development departments at several large corporations. While his contemporaries were conquering the dot-com world, Lassoff fell in love with training. He’s a top technical trainer whose clients including the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Discover Card Services and Kaiser Permaente. For people who want to dip a toe into programming, he offers free tutorials on his website.
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