Job site Dice.com recently found that 18 states and Washington, D.C., have fewer computer-related graduates than open tech jobs. In California, the number of open jobs is nearly triple the number of new computer science graduates.
One reason is a lack of new graduates. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of computer-related bachelor's degrees granted in the U.S. fell from roughly 60,000 to 38,000. At the same time, the technology industry is on a hiring binge: Moody's Analytics is forecasting that 138,000 technology jobs will be added between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the fourth quarter of this year.
Talent shortages are evident not only in tech-centric areas such as Silicon Valley but also in states that aren't obvious tech magnets, such as Arizona. In its new research report, "America's Tech Talent Crunch," Dice identified the top 10 shortage states.
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