San Jose

What We Do

San Jose TechHire (SJ TechHire) is a regional, Silicon Valley initiative inspired by President Obama’s TechHire Challenge; led by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and motivated by a working group of workforce and training organizations, community colleges and supporters representing the business and philanthropic sectors.  It is a multi-sector approach to train and provide young adults with the IT skills required for well-paying, middle- and high-skilled jobs, in high-growth occupations in the IT, Finance and Advanced Manufacturing sectors.

SJ TechHire is collaborating with employers that have relationships with the City of San Jose, work2future–its Workforce Development Board (WDB), and the SJ TechHire Working Group to develop and implement innovative programs and services to address employer hiring needs in digitally-enabled occupations.  The vision is to create multiple career pathways for individuals with barriers to training or employment and to enable them to start or move ahead on the pathway in the growing number of tech-enabled occupations that regional employers are demanding.  Using blended funding and multiple entry and exit points, we are counting on the collective impact of the San Jose TechHire Initiative to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers by developing home grown talent.

Key local employers have committed to SJ TechHire with offers of, among other things, internships; job placement and training and include, among others, Google, CISCO, eBay, PayPal, LinkedIn, TIVO, IBM, Symantec, Olympus and Jabil.  Working Group partners include, among others, NOVA (work2future’s sister WDB in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties), Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and community colleges including San Jose Evergreen Colleges, DeAnza College, Foothill DeAnza Colleges, Mission College; and other workforce training agencies including Year Up, Stride Center, Yes We Code, Metropolitan Education District and others.

IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the San Jose labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations


Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 100% San Jose
  • 17.5438596491% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Writing
  3. Troubleshooting
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Organizational Skills

Software and Programming Skills

  1. JAVA
  2. LINUX
  3. Python
  4. JavaScript
  5. SQL

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Software QA Engineer / Tester
  3. Network Engineer / Architect
  4. Computer Systems Engineer / Architect
  5. Systems Analyst

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Web Developers
  2. Information Security Analysts
  3. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Database Administrators

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the San Jose TechHire effort a success:

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DeAnza College
Foothill DeAnza Colleges
Mission College
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Education District