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Monday, May 02, 2016

More on the so-called shortage of computer science grads: Hal Salzman

A petition to the US Congress, signed by Zuckerberg, Gates and others, for more computer science education is based on their claim of a huge shortage of computer science grads, which I have contested (http://skrashen.blogspot.com/2016/05/are-there-really-500000-computer-jobs.html)

Hal Salzman (Rutgers University) sent me his conclusion, from his statement  from his testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, 25 February 2016  at the hearing on "The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers."

"Current graduation rates indicate that projected employment demand specifically for computer science (CS) graduates can be met by about half of the current supply of 65,000 to 70,000 CS graduates (with at least a bachelor’s degree) each year, and the balance of demand can be met by those graduating with a range of other degrees, as is the historical pattern. Even if current industry hiring is for a much greater level of computer scientists than historical hiring patterns, the current pool of graduates would provide sufficient numbers of computer scientists to meet industry demand."

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