Charlotte, December 4, 2012 - Charlotte regional IT organizations announced today the launch of IT-oLogy, a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession.
The Charlotte metropolitan area is home to some 24,000+ IT and IT related industry jobs. At any given time, there are approximately 1,800 open positions yet only 300 job seekers in the area.
"The IT job market in Charlotte mirrors that of many cities in the US, there are simply more jobs than there are qualified candidates. The single largest impediment to growing our business is finding qualified IT professionals. For example, there are over 300 NET developer positions available in the Charlotte area and there are 10 active developers looking for positions. This is why we have gotten involved in bringing IT-oLogy to Charlotte; the lack of IT talent is systemic and needs to be addressed at all levels, from K-12 to the University level to re-educating/
“The field of information technology represents an untapped opportunity for Charlotte. Not only does it hold the promise of high-paying jobs for our residents, but it also offers a chance to encourage innovation and strengthen our knowledge economy. By bringing together a variety of IT efforts already underway, IT-oLogy provides a cohesive mechanism to build out our IT community and put Charlotteans back to work,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx.
“IT-oLogy is a tangible representation of bringing companies, academic institutions and organizations together to address the skills gap. Our research estimates 80,000 information technology jobs across all sectors will be open across the nation each year. This is a tremendous number of jobs that will need to be filled by skilled workers,” said Lonnie Emard, executive director, IT-oLogy. “By working together with our Charlotte area partners, we will advance the IT talent pipeline to meet this need for our region and country.”
IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy has three major initiatives:
For more information about IT-oLogy, visit www.it-ology.org or contact Rachel Barnett at rachel.barnett@