Creating A “SEA” Change In The Digital Age

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[tc_contributor_byline slug=”matt-mclarty”]

A popular anecdote states that Henry Ford paid his assembly line workers a good wage so they could afford to buy their own company’s cars. Although the reasoning for this decision has been questioned, there is no doubt that this move helped establish and sustain the American middle class through its 20th century heyday.

A century later, the employment landscape has changed. The Industrial Age has given way to the Digital Age. While increased globalization and automation have reduced the quantity and perceived value of manufacturing jobs, the information technology industry has experienced spectacular growth.

Software is the key product of this Digital Age, creating a new application economy. And software engineers — developers — are its most prized resources.

As demand for software has grown exponentially, the pool of software engineers has not kept pace. Code.org states that by 2020, there will be one million more…

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