As more technology comes to Central Tennessee, officials say more workers are needed to meet growing demand.
Local business leaders and teachers gathered last week at the Volunteer State Community College in Galatin to discuss the Tech Forum.
The event, sponsored by the Galatin Economic Development Agency and the College, focused on the needs of the local technology sector and ways to increase the workforce needed for the growing industry.
You don’t have to go to California to work in technology. “There are many different kinds of work in this field. It’s not just the people behind the computer. ”
Last year, 35,190 tech workers were employed in the Nashville Metro area – a 36 percent increase since 2015, according to a recent annual report from TechRE Talent by CBRE Group. Many of these new works have been seen in the last two years.
Over the past five years, there have been more than 5,007 new technology sites to fill them, according to the report.
“Our data centers have a wide range of high-tech services,” Comer said. “And it’s not just about working with information servers. He is a heating and air conditioning specialist, electrician and electrical engineer.
According to the report, by 2020 there were 5.4 million technology workers in the United States. Over the past five years, the number of workers in the field has increased by 13 percent – doubling the overall national employment growth.
During last week’s forum, delegates said there were many ways to get into technology, some faster than the usual two- or four-year degree.
According to Andy White, Dean of Business and Technology at the college, the average age of a student in computer programs in the Volleyball County is 31 years old. Many students work in construction or other fields and take night classes to develop their skills.
“I’ve been in school for two years,” said Jeff Fields, Servpro’s chief information officer. “You have to be open to change and innovation. That’s the key to working in technology. ”
This year, Volunteer State Community College is expanding its offerings in computer information technology. Those include a number of certifications and degree programs, including a focus on cyber defense.
The college is partnering with the Grand Nashville Technology Council for Go TECH. IT Infrastructure Support Professional Course focuses on computer infrastructure and infrastructure and is free thanks to state grants for selected applicants.
“We have a great team of teachers, we have a great program family and we are working to spread the word – and to help more students succeed in those programs,” White said. “We have the resources to meet the needs of the workforce. We need to make sure we deliver success rates in a way that increases. ”