The baby boomer generation has reached the age of retirement. This has created a vacuum in the job sphere, particularly in technical segments as the work force has to be highly specialized and must possess the rightskill set to fulfill such a gap. This search for appropriate help has developed a relatively new trend – that of the participation of prospective employers in the development of the curriculum at Technical institutes in an effort to make sure that the students of today, who will be the prospective employees of tomorrow, are receiving the right kind of education, one that will make a positive contribution to their future employers, and allow them to join the work force seamlessly.
The numbers add up
If proof of the growing need for technically sound employees is required, then you only have to look at the pay scale offered to freshers based on their majors –the statistical data backs this claim up. A survey conducted by the National Associate of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as reported about in this article appearing on the Forbes website. According to the statistics collected by NACE, six out of the ten highest paying majors are engineering based. Over 90 disciplines were vetted during this survey, and data was collected from reputed sources such as the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Clearly then, there is money and jobs on offer for recent engineering graduates.
The President approves
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama also touched upon the need for employers and institutes to unite and create a more efficient work force. He said, “Tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.”
What the market wants
As mentioned earlier, the employers are having their say in the kind of training prospective employees are required to undergo so that they are best qualified to fulfill their jobs. This where AutoCAD comes in. For those of you who are unaware, AutoCAD is the design tool and flagship software developed by America based multinational software conglomerate Auto Desk. It allows users to create 2D and 3D blueprints in scale for core industrial projects. AutoCAD is used in a variety of industrial segments including the automobile industry, architecture, engineering, and structural design among others. The need for AutoCAD too is quite apparent going by this survey appearing on the Wanted Analytics (an employment analysis tool) website. According to this website, AutoCAD was ranked as the second most desirable tool that employers feel the workforce requires, immediately succeeding project management skills as far back as 2012.
The dope on Drafters
People who work with AutoCAD are called drafters in engineering lexicon. On an average from statistics based in 2012, a drafter draws $49,630 a year, which translates to $23.86 per hour. And, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics website, a certificate or at the most an associate’s degree is all that is required to qualify for this particular job profile.
AutoCAD may be a specialized software, but its popularity means that a variety of institutes across the country – YTI career technical institute for example, are offering certificate programs to help teach students this valuable tool. Those with an engineering bent of mind should definitely explore this type of program, because that’s what the industry wants, and that’s where the demand for jobs lies.