Tech: Where the jobs — and demand — are

Tech may be where the best jobs are, but employers are struggling to fill those posts.

There are 1.3 million software jobs alone open right now, according to Trilogy Education Services. Schools and other tech education programs can’t seem to produce candidates fast enough.

That said, there are several ongoing efforts to fill these jobs. Tech companies such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Red Hat are partnering with universities and other such institutions to train students in highly-skilled tech jobs.

“We offer up-to-date content (in open-source software) and the ability to access environments for hands-on experience in labs,” says Ken Goetz, vice president of global training services at Red Hat Academy, which provides curriculum in middle-ware and cloud technologies. Those resources are not always available in an academic setting, he says.

Red Hat has arrangements with Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University and hundreds of other schools worldwide.

Pre-college, apprenticeship programs could fill the jobs gap. On Friday, during a White House roundtable on jobs, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff implored President Trump to back an apprenticeship program to create 5 million jobs in the U.S. in five years. Trump readily agreed.

There are plenty of jobs — and good ones. Jobs website Indeed concluded seven of the top 10 best jobs this year are in software engineering and development, based on job postings, salaries of more than $70,000 a year and growth opportunity from 2013 to 2016. also touted tech jobs as among the most lucrative around.

Best overall job? Full stack developer, which requires the ability to work on front- and back-end technologies, with an average base salary of $110,770, according to the report, released Tuesday. Data scientist ($129,938) and development operations engineer ($123,165) were close behind.

Tech employment grew 3% (198,000) in 2015, to 6.7 million jobs — the highest growth rate in more than a decade, says Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The IT services sector accounted for 105,000 jobs.

CompTIA’s report for 2016 is due in early April.