Must-read Studies/Reports


The Information Technology Workforce of Tomorrow – A Statewide and Regional Assessment, by the Haas Center at the University of West Florida. The overarching goal of this report is to determine the workforce needs of the Information Technology cluster and benchmark the state’s education and workforce training system’s production of trained workers against those demands. Click link below to read: {module_literature,i,118987}

Computer Science Teacher Certification 'Deeply Flawed,' Report Says   A detailed examination of state systems for certifying computer science teachers concludes that there are fundamental problems with the approaches taken around the nation, and argues that the situation is a major hurdle to ensuring high-quality educators in the subject and preparing students for a promising field. The report from the Computer Science Teachers Association describes the certification landscape as "confused, disparate, and sometimes absurd." Read More

Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy In this report, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) assesses the potential reach and scope, as well as the potential economic impact and disruption of major rapidly advancing technology areas. Through extensive research, we sort through the noise to identify 12 technology areas with the potential for massive impact on how people live and work, and on industries and economies. We also attempt to quantify the potential economic impact of each technology across a set of promising applications in 2025. Read More  Webpage  Podcast


Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers  Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field. Most notably, she led the team — as the lone female programmer — that created Flash video, the dominant technology for streaming video on the Web. Since only about 20 percent of all programmers are women, her experience isn't uncommon, and now she's trying to bring more women into the field. Read More

Fact Sheet: Administration Partners with Industry to Get Service Members Credentialed for High-Demand Jobs  Today, speaking at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, First Lady Michelle Obama will announce the IT Training and Certification Partnership, a new public-private partnership that will enable thousands of service members to earn industry-recognized information technology (IT) certifications before they transition from military service. The Administration will also announce a new grant program through the Department of Health and Human Services that will help veterans with health care experience pursue professional nursing careers and earn a nursing license. Read More

Immigration Reform Splits Tech Industry Afflicted by Outsourcing  As lawmakers consider the first major overhaul of U.S. immigration law since 1986, the high-technology industry is divided over the H-1B program. While both industry leaders and startups seek the world’s most innovative thinkers, outsourcing firms, hired by corporate clients to help cut costs, got more than half the 85,000 visas available last year. Read More

2012 Tampa Bay IT Skills Survey has been released by the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum.  Read More

A STEM job requires the application of knowledge across the areas of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, and demands higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills. To learn more about Florida's STEM-enabled jobs - Download the STEM Index           


Workforce Florida News and Information:

11/06-07/2013 Workforce Florida Board of Directors and Global Talent Competitiveness Council reviews findings and recommendations of IT Task Force and other Target Industry Cluster Task Forces. Click below to access the latest meeting documents:







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