Tech Talent Initiative - Greater Washington Workforce Needs Assessment

NVTC, in partnership with lead sponsor Northern Virginia Community College, recently released a research report highlighting the current and future workforce skills requirements of the Greater Washington technology sector.

The Greater Washington Workforce Needs Assessment , which was produced by Richmond-based Mangum Economics and Michigan-based EDSI, combines employer surveys and interviews with a traditional gap analysis to highlight Greater Washington technology employers' most in-demand positions and the associated skills they say are required of new hires in these positions.

Some of the key findings in the report include:

  • Top Five Highest Demand Tech Job Types: In an initial survey of the region's technology employers, the top five highest demand technology job types in the Greater Washington region were:
    • Software development
    • Cybersecurity
    • Big data and analytics
    • Data centers and cloud infrastructure
    • Network systems
  • The Importance of Soft Skills: When employers were asked how important various skills were in their hiring decisions for all five functional areas, at least 80 percent of employers surveyed rated soft skills, particularly communication (written and verbal) and problem solving and critical thinking, as the most important skills in their hiring decisions.
    • Employers were more likely to indicate a willingness to train prospective employees on specific technology-related tasks.
Report findings will be used to help guide Northern Virginia Community College's development of coursework tied to Virginia's pay-for-performance program, which provides reimbursement of up to two-thirds of the cost of training upon successful obtainment of a certification by the student and will be used to support NVTC's other Tech Talent Initiative activities.

Click here to view the full report.