The owner of technology company in Portland, Maine has written Why the engineering skills gap should worry you. He’s right, but his solutions don’t go far enough.
He cites perceived low wages as the reason young people are avoiding manufacturing jobs, but fails to acknowledge the effect that rampant offshoring has on making such jobs undesirable. Likewise, there’s the tech industry love of cheap foreign engineering labor that takes jobs away from qualified US citizens as well as exerts downward pressure on salaries. He may not encounter that as much in Maine, but it’s a common story pretty much everywhere else.
My children aren’t in tech fields and I crossed my fingers in the hopes that they wouldn’t be. Sure, they’re comfortable with technology but a quick look at where that technology was manufactured tells you everything you need to know about choosing it as a career.