Americans Confident in U.S. Tech Leadership Position
Among respondents who disagreed the U.S. is a global technology leader, a lack of quality education was the reason most cited, the Modis survey found.More than 60 percent of Americans are confident the U.S. is a global technology leader, and 79.1 percent feel this leadership will continue for the next five years, boding well as the U.S. enters an election year, according to a Modis survey of 1,010 Americans over the age of 18. Among respondents who disagreed that the U.S. is a global technology leader, a lack of quality education was the reason most cited (56.5 percent). This was followed by a lack of government support of tech growth (39.3 percent) and a lack of financial investment in tech innovation (38.7 percent). "More than 94 percent of those we surveyed agreed that technology education was important to maintaining a leadership position," Jack Cullen, president of Modis, told eWEEK. "To help bridge the technology skills gap, there needs to be a greater emphasis on technology education and talent development from educators to employers. We can begin by encouraging students to pursue tech related degrees and employers can work to upskill talent. There are a variety of resources to help candidates increase their IT skills, such as Code School or Khan Academy."
Younger individuals are more willing to relocate; those ages 18 to 25 were most likely to indicate they would relocate, followed by those ages 26 to 34, then by those ages 35 to 54.