Too Few Engineers and too many Sociologists

For every ten professionals in demand by private companies in Costa Rica between 2014 and 2016, 7 were computer and software engineers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The growing demand for professionals in careers related to engineering, especially in the area of computing and software development, contrasts increasingly with the demand for professionals in other disciplines, such as social work, which are losing ground as the use of information technologies advances. 

See "Costa Rica: Labor Participation Still Falling"

In Costa Rica,   "... professions for which the market is saturated and a shortage of workers who meet the requirements of companies where there are vacancies, are some of the factors influencing the high unemployment rate."But the opposite is true in the area of information technologies, "... a sector that needs about 8,000 professionals. This is equivalent to about four job opportunities for each graduate student in that branch."

Data from the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (Camtic) indicates that the 8 thousand professionals are required by the sector "... equivalent to about four job opportunities for each graduate student in that branch."

"... A study by Camtic notes that of the labor demand for the period 2014-16, only 3% of professionals that private companies were seeking corresponded to areas such as marketing and sales, human resources, sociology or public relations. "

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