Reposted from Tech Crunch:
With its heady mix of Horatio Alger rags-to-riches success stories, its emphasis on individualism and privileging hard work and education, no industry is a better poster child for post-industrial American capitalism than the startup world of coders, marketers, and salesman. But underneath the headline-grabbing startup economy and its Silicon Valley billionaires are thousands of programming jobs at companies ranging from Avis to Winn-Dixie.
It’s those jobs that are the backbone of the tech economy, and they need to be filled. That’s why hundreds of continuing education programs — startup bootcamps, general assemblies and codeecademies — have cropped up across the country to train (or in some cases re-train) workers whose jobs had either been innovated or rationalized out of existence during the recession in 2008.
The problem of finding adequate programming talent has been getting worse every year, says Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, but he acknowledges it doesn’t have to be that way. “[Programming] is a trade that more people than you would expect can learn.”