9,000 Tech Jobs Available across Albuquerque
Albuquerque is reporting almost 9,000 tech positions, that do not require a bachelors degree, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution.
These positions are called "mid-tech" jobs and they could have a huge impact on the local tech employment outlook, according to Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program Senior Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro, one of the authors of the report.
"These should not be viewed as secondary or less desirable parts of tech," Muro said, adding that there are thousands of positions available for the installation, customization, and maintenance of both large and small networks
"Most businesses are underinvested in IT." According to Muro, the Duke City could possibly gain a lot from this trend.
"I've always thought Albuquerque and New Mexico should be doing better than they are," Muro said. "Mid-sized cities with big universities look pretty good on this."
But the local universities, while still supplying a pipeline of available workers, are becoming less necessary in the shifting tech climate, according to Ingenuity Software Labs founder John Mierzwa. Ingenuity is a public-private software and website development business based out of Albuquerque.
"There are so many low-cost resources," Mierzwa said. "There's just so many more paths now."
To be sure, Albuquerque has its fair share of resources for those looking to learn technical skills outside of the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, namely its various coding boot camps.
Online resources are also a viable option, according to Mierzwa, who added that local firms are becoming more open in who they are willing to hire.
"More and more companies are realizing its bad to pass on talent," Mierzwa said. "All someone needs is a chance."
Mierzwa warned, however, that those without a college degree will likely start out making less than a person with one. He said that on average, graduates from the University of New Mexico's computer science program will garner around $54,000, whereas the average salary of a graduate from Albuquerque's Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps is $45,000, according to Business First reporting. Still, $45,000 annually is a decent salary!
But that fact alone may be misleading. Those who attend a state university will typically start working several years after a graduate from one of Deep Dive's full-time programs, which will conclude after 10 or 12 weeks.
That time saving provides a huge opportunity for boot camp graduates to gain a financial head start over university students. "It really ends up being about a quarter million dollar difference [by the time university students enter the workforce]," Mierzwa said.
All in all, it looks like JOBS are available and that is always a good thing!