Arizona’s Technology Workforce:Issues, Opportunities, and Competitive               Pressures                   Steven G. ...
Arizona’s Technology Workforce: Issues,    Opportunities, and Competitive PressuresThe purpose of including primary resear...
Employer Survey and InterviewsOne of the questions we wanted to know was, where are Arizona’s technology employeescoming f...
Employer Survey and InterviewsOne of the questions we wanted to know was, where are Arizona’s technology employeescoming f...
Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat do Arizona’s technology employers look for in science & engineering job candidates?Expe...
Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat do Arizona’s technology employers look for in science & engineering job candidates?Educ...
Employer Survey and InterviewsSo that’s a snapshot of where Arizona employers get their scientists and engineers, and theq...
Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat Was Not Behind that Difficulty? • It’s not that Arizona institutions don’t graduate eno...
Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat Was Behind that Difficulty? • Technology Industry Concentration (we’re no Silicon Valle...
Supply-Side InterviewsIn addition to the demand-side primary research we did (the surveys andinterviews), we also wanted t...
Moving Forward – Thoughts, IdeasCompanies may need to increase their willingness to grow talent within and/orhire a greate...
Questions & AnswersIf you would like to contact Steve directly, please email him at                  szylstra@aztechcounci...
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  1. 1. Arizona’s Technology Workforce:Issues, Opportunities, and Competitive Pressures Steven G. Zylstra President + CEO Arizona Technology Council Thursday, May 10, 2012 Arizona Association for Economic Development Join the Conversation
  2. 2. Arizona’s Technology Workforce: Issues, Opportunities, and Competitive PressuresThe purpose of including primary research in the Study was to really hear – fromthe source - whether Arizona employers face difficulty attracting the scientists andengineers they need (and, if they do, where that difficulty lies).• Primary research: Employer Survey and Interviews • 172 individuals from a total of 141 Arizona employers responded completely to the survey. Those respondents employ 21,259 science & engineering workers in Arizona. • Follow-up interviews were conducted with 47 individuals at 33 firms (all survey respondents)• Primary research also included interviews with universities, community colleges, and workforce development and training agencies Join the Conversation
  3. 3. Employer Survey and InterviewsOne of the questions we wanted to know was, where are Arizona’s technology employeescoming from? Join the Conversation
  4. 4. Employer Survey and InterviewsOne of the questions we wanted to know was, where are Arizona’s technology employeescoming from? Join the Conversation
  5. 5. Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat do Arizona’s technology employers look for in science & engineering job candidates?Experience Matters – A Lot. Join the Conversation
  6. 6. Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat do Arizona’s technology employers look for in science & engineering job candidates?Education Matters Too. Join the Conversation
  7. 7. Employer Survey and InterviewsSo that’s a snapshot of where Arizona employers get their scientists and engineers, and thequalifications they’re looking for. How easy is it to find those employees? Join the Conversation
  8. 8. Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat Was Not Behind that Difficulty? • It’s not that Arizona institutions don’t graduate enough technology workers. Nor is it that there aren’t enough technology workers in Arizona. • It’s not that people don’t want to move to Arizona. Good news! Despite what might be popular conception, Arizona is not a repellent of technology talent. Join the Conversation
  9. 9. Employer Survey and InterviewsWhat Was Behind that Difficulty? • Technology Industry Concentration (we’re no Silicon Valley) • Restrictions/prohibitions on Hiring Non-US Citizens • Relatively Lower Wages • By Far the Biggest Issue: Finding Scientists and Engineers with at Least Two Years of Highly Relevant Experience Join the Conversation
  10. 10. Supply-Side InterviewsIn addition to the demand-side primary research we did (the surveys andinterviews), we also wanted to get a first-hand sense of the supply side. Sowe interviewed leaders from the state’s universities, workforce developmentagencies, and community colleges. • Among all three supplier groups, there is really a wealth of programs available to help supply scientists and engineers to Arizona’s employers. • Yet the employers don’t report taking advantage of those programs. • There is a very clear disconnect between what the employers said about available “supply” programs and what the suppliers themselves reported. Join the Conversation
  11. 11. Moving Forward – Thoughts, IdeasCompanies may need to increase their willingness to grow talent within and/orhire a greater percentage of recent graduates who have hands-on experiencethrough internships and capstone-like courses.There is a disconnect between the suppliers and demanders of technologytalent. There is tremendous opportunity here in simply better connectingsuppliers and demanders. Join the Conversation
  12. 12. Questions & AnswersIf you would like to contact Steve directly, please email him at szylstra@aztechcouncil.org. Join the Conversation
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