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When it Comes to Developing Tech Leadership, Credentials Matter

  • 5 mths ago

According to CompTIA’s recently released State of the Tech Workforce report, there will be 8.9 million net tech employment jobs in 2022 in the U.S. And there is no retreat in tech job growth for the foreseeable future. However, the outlook for public sector tech employment is a bit cloudier.

While the need for qualified tech professionals has never been greater, state and local governments are facing a particularly challenging time in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. This is largely due to a number of factors which include, a record number of senior staff retirements, uncompetitive salaries when compared to the private sector, inflexible job requirements and working conditions, inadequate budget support, and quite simply – the pandemic has accelerated burn-out fatigue.

IT managers report that they are understaffed, placing greater strain on the existing tech workforce.  This leads to the issue of the importance of competencies. We need to ensure that today’s lean public sector tech workforce possesses the best and updated competencies, which can be measured in part through certifications. Unlike a college degree which places no expectations or obligations to stay current on a chosen field after graduation—tech certifications do. All recognized certifications require recertifications at certain intervals, usually every three years. Maintaining certifications is perhaps the most visible way to demonstrate that one has not only taken their profession seriously it also demonstrates one has remained current in an ever-changing tech landscape.  

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