The tech industry has been booming in the United States, but the U.S. tech workforce remains a shrinking pool of qualified candidates, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
It found that about one-third of all jobs in technology in 2016 were held by people who did not have a college degree.
The NACE study also found that fewer than half of all tech jobs in the U-S.
were held in technology-related industries, like IT, software development and operations, and data processing and analysis.
The report found that more than two-thirds of tech workers in the nation have less than a bachelor’s degree, compared to roughly 40 percent in 2016.
And a majority of tech jobs are not high-paying.
In fact, the median salary for a tech job in 2016 was $42,000, according the NACE report.
“The tech industry is growing, but it’s growing too slowly to sustain the growth of the overall economy,” said Kevin Hall, the association’s president and chief executive officer.
“It’s a tough job, but there’s plenty of jobs to be had.”
The report comes after President Donald Trump’s administration rolled back the Obama-era hiring freeze, which has kept many tech workers out of the labor market.
The Trump administration also has imposed new rules that require more companies to pay workers for time spent training.
The Obama-created freeze, however, is not fully enforced.
It still requires employers to offer at least a basic training program, which may include a summer internship, and it also prohibits employers from requiring employees to take a training program that doesn’t meet the government’s standards.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve seen the economy continue to grow at a very fast pace and companies continue to hire more people,” said Hall.
“We have a workforce that’s growing at a much higher rate than it’s ever been before, and there are some opportunities for them to do that.”