By 2015, seven million positions will open up and 1.7 million were not filled in 2012 due to a lack of skills.
According to IDC, cloud-related skills represent "virtually all the growth opportunities" in the technology sector, but the available workforce appears to be a step behind. The U.S. currently accounts for about 62 percent of all cloud-related spending in the world, suggesting that significant opportunity in the job market exists.
IDC also noted that about 6 million Americans were employed in the technology sector by the end of the first half of this year, with chip manufacturing continuously shrinking and representing only 250,000 jobs. Technology job growth is expected to be between 1.1 and 2.7 percent annually, with the cloud sector growing at a faster rate.
Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the conceivablytech.com blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.
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