Is Government Cool Again for IT Pros?

April 12, 2013

The government often gets a bad rap for lacking the “cool factor” when it comes to attracting and hiring talented technology professionals into federal jobs. But one expert contends that the government may well be the “coolest” place to work if you’re an IT pro.

“I think people in the D.C. area are aggressive adopters of new technology,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of CompTIA. “The D.C. area in general – if you’re an IT worker, it’s like fantasyland.”

Thibodeaux said that the last years of the Bush administration and the subsequent years under President Obama have resulted in somewhat of a revolution in government IT – from cloud computing to cybersecurity to wireless. “Embedded in these agencies are some pretty dynamic CIOs who are doing some interesting stuff,” he said. “I suspect that the federal government is doing stuff equal or surpassing things being done in the private sector.”

The government is not failing to recruit IT workers because it lacks the cool factor, Thibodeaux said, but in fact, the government is facing many of the same challenges the private sector is facing in shoring up IT recruits: the lack of qualified, skilled professionals in the career field.

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