Survey expects 1,250+ new IT jobs in Blacksburg-Roanoke region
A new employer survey reveals a strong and fast-growing ecosystem for typically high-paying jobs in IT and software-related fields in the Blacksburg-Roanoke region, with more than 1,250 new jobs being created in the next 18 months.
The jobs are being created by more than 40 companies that range in size from fewer than 10 employees to some of our largest regional employers, according to Greg Feldmann, interim executive director and CEO of the Valley’s Innovation Council (VIC).
VIC conducted the survey to try to establish a baseline for the numbers of IT/software jobs in the region, as well as the demand outlook for such high-wage jobs. “We wanted hard numbers to better understand the near-term outlook in this sector, so that we can work with regional employers, support organizations, and communities to devise strategies to help develop and recruit this talent,” said Doug Juanarena co-chair of VIC.
“We’ve been hearing for some time now that regional employers have a growing, unmet need for IT and software talent,” Juanarena said. “For example, the Advance Auto headquarters move to Raleigh, N.C., for better access to talent should serve as a wakeup call for the region on this issue. Almost no business today can grow and scale without IT and software development talent.”
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