How Tech Companies Can Help Upskill the U.S. Workforce

Software businesses are disrupting generations-old industries, from agriculture to entertainment. Programming wizards are amassing billion-dollar fortunes, and this may be just the beginning. Even average tech employees in their mid-twenties are raking in 6-figure paychecks.

Unfortunately, a huge section of the workforce cannot capitalize on these opportunities. In 2015, there were 7 million jobs that required some level of coding skills, and programming jobs are growing 12% faster than market average. But to meet this demand and address income inequality, we have to provide better access to technical learning for those who work in lower-paying industries.

Authored By

  • Steve Westly

    Steve is the Managing Partner of the Westly Group and the former California State Controller

  • Kausik Rajgopal

    Kausik is the Managing Partner for the U.S. Western Region for McKinsey & Company.