Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth, with over 63,000 new jobs created in the last five years—and over 1,800 job openings for software developers alone in a one month period. To fill these jobs, the City of Seattle will help to train and place 350 people in tech jobs in 2016 and up to 2,000 people by 2020, in partnership with local tech employers like EnergySavvy, Skytap, and Substantial, and Moz, as well as community organizations such as Seattle Colleges, LaunchCode, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
The City of Seattle will also collect and analyze job data by partnering with LinkedIn and Burning Glass Labor Insights to help partners align training with the skills that employers like Amazon, Boeing, Expedia, and Microsoft are seeking. In addition to training providers like the WTIA Workforce Institute, Galvanize, and Code Fellows, Seattle’s TechHire initiative will also work to improve diversity and inclusion in the technology sector through training providers like Ada Developers Academy, a software development training for women; Unloop, training for people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in tech; and Floodgate Academy, a developer operations training focused on underrepresented communities.
For more information about TechHire Seattle, contact David Harris.
“Through a fluke I found the Ada Developers Academy, an alternative programming school for women in the Seattle area. Their mentality is that it’s never too late to change your career into technology as long as you are committed, prepared to work, and have an aptitude for technology.”
Below is a snapshot of the Seattle 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
Software and Programming Skills
Top 5 Occupations
Software Developer / Engineer
Network Engineer / Architect
Network / Systems Administrator
Computer Systems Engineer / Architect
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Systems Software
Computer User Support Specialists
Computer Systems Analysts
The concentrated demand for IT is a calculation of the local number of open IT job postings divided by local employment.
The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Seattle TechHire effort a success:
Ada Developers Academy
WTIA Workforce Institute
Prison Scholar Fund
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County