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By L. Winslow

It is a well-known fact that there is a severe shortage of competent and qualified IT people out there. Some of the reason is due to our Governments working to build the eGovernment initiatives, to systematize and become more efficient. Obviously, from a taxpayer's standpoint, that sounds good to you and I - if only the IT hackers were having a shortage too?

There are 86,000 IT people projected to be needed in the next five years in Canada alone, but they only graduate about 3,000 per year. Of those, 3,000 many are so new that they do not fully have the hang of things. The problems in the US are even bigger, of course the numbers are larger. If you look at all the needs of Washington DC for IT, you can immediately see the problem. What is the problem here and how can we solve it?

There are shortages of math and science majors, nurses, computer people and many other degreed personnel. Why are kids not flocking to these high paying careers? Well, it seems that parents are partly to blame, as IT Industry Analysts and College Admissions professionals say. IT is not glamorous, parents do not want their kids to grow up to be nerds and the parents have no real reference in their minds - IT, what's that, we do not want you to grow up to be a professional geek.

Something must be done otherwise all these perfect systems we are building to help control our ever growing complex civilizations will fail and when they do, who will fix the code, fix the problems and protect our data? Think on this.

L. Winslow is an Economic, Political and Technology Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entrepreneur http://www.worldthinktank.net . Currently Mr. Winslow is planning a bicycle ride from Canada to Mexico and in Spring across the US from San Diego to Virginia Beach to raise money for charity. Previously he was a track star athlete, private pilot, involved in politics, community volunteerism and a Franchising Founder. Mr. Winslow has choosen 100 titles of Books he wishes to write and has completed ten thus far. The subjects include; Community Planning, Future Tech, Franchising, Small Business, and Third World Issues.

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