ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – For the second year in a row, Missouri is the fastest growing state in the nation for technology jobs and St. Louis is showing so much tech job growth that more and more of the positions are going unfilled.
Dice.com is the big job website for IT professionals, and Dice president Shravan Goli tells KMOX that St. Louis ranks as the 11th hardest place to recruit for tech.
“Every company is becoming a tech company if you think about retail, commerce any type of company that are non-traditional tech oriented companies are also leveraging technology a lot.”
He says companies need to look outside the box when it comes to hiring for these positions.
“We’re just stuck on two years experience or we’re stuck on five years experience, it’s going to take longer and it’s going to be tougher. But if we just open it up a little bit and bring in some up-and-coming people and pair them with more experienced people, it will solve the problem a little bit,” says Goli.
Goli is describing the Launch-Code program which pairs lightly experienced programmers with apprenticeships at companies in need.
Dice also ranks Missouri as the fastest growing state for tech jobs again last year.
“It’s a combination of up-and-coming start-ups and the existing industries, which is primarily mortgage and insurance, is driving up the demand,” says Goli.
Missouri was up 8.4 percent last year, ahead of Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas. But the good news means that there are more jobs than people in many parts of the country, including St. Louis, which ranks as the 9th hardest place for tech recruiting.