Are you ready for IT job opportunities in Latin America?

Lea en español ¿Está listo para las oportunidades laborales en TI que le ofrece  América Latina?

Are you worried about competition in the job market when you graduate? If so, you’ll find good news in the IT sector, as companies are in desperate need of skilled workers to meet the ever-growing demand. We want to share a recent study about the skills gap in Latin America, and what that means to you as a potential employee.

In Latin America, 75% of the companies interviewed considered vendor-based certifications an important attribute when assessing potential staff to fill networking-related positions.

The study by International Data Corporation (IDC), an internationally known marketing research and intelligence firm, confirmed a growing skills gap across Latin America, where the difference between the demand from employers and the supply of skilled workers in the region is expected to grow from 27% in 2011 and 35% in 2015. 

This gap can be divided into 2 groups: essential and emerging skills.

Essential skills include:

  • Routing
  • Switching
  • Wireless
  •  VOIP
  • Security

Emerging skills include:

  • Unified Communications (UC)
  • Video
  • Cloud
  • Mobile
  • Data Center
  • Virtualization.

For those specializing in the essential technologies, this skills gap will be about 44% of total networking skills required by 2015. Costa Rica, Chile, and Brazil will see an even greater demand.

Areas experiencing the greatest growth include security, general networking (maintenance & operations), and wireless skills. Of the companies interviewed, 87% of respondents are considering adding extra security personnel over the next 12-24 months. 84% are planning to hire individuals with these general networking skills. Wireless technologies are third, with 82% of respondents considering hiring additional personnel.

At 56% of total demand for networking skills, emerging technologies will see an even greater growth in job opportunities. Only 14% of the available trained networking professionals are skilled in emerging technologies, creating a ripe opportunity for those with these skills. Demand for emerging skills is focused on data center, cloud, video, mobile, and unified communications.

What does this mean for you?

Networking skills are in high demand and companies are actively looking to hire people with the right knowledge that supports business growth.

As networking technologies bring new economic and social opportunities to communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and government organizations need networking professionals to design, build, maintain, and secure their networks. This growth cannot be sustained without the right networking skills in essential and emerging technologies.

Certify your knowledge

Industry-recognized certifications help a potential employee’s professional development and more companies are requiring certifications that validate skills. . In Latin America, 75% of the companies interviewed considered vendor-based certifications an important attribute when assessing potential staff to fill networking-related positions.

Marc Asturias, strategic marketing manager for the Americas region for Learning@Cisco indicates, “As we move toward the Internet of Everything, the evolution of business solutions are driving the evolution of the network, which in turn is greatly increasing the demand for certified networking professionals in Latin America. This demand represents an amazing opportunity for professionals possessing a Cisco certification, as well as for companies whose staff are certified.”

NetAcad provides eligible students with significant discounts on CCNA certification exams. Ask your instructor for more information.

 “I have no doubt that my CCNA certification and fluency in the English language were two fundamental factors that allowed me to obtain my current position at AT&T,” says former NetAcad student Samuel Cariri from Brazil. Read his success story for more details about his career.

Take Action Now

Are you ready to take advantage of this growing opportunity in Latin America? Visit the Cisco Learning Network for more information about certifications, including study materials to help you succeed.

Click here to read the full IDC Report