Strategies for Addressing the Data Center Industry’s Talent Shortage

NEW YORK, New York – DCPro, a training firm, estimates that the average data center engineer is a 55 year-old male. The Brookings Institute has predicted that by 2025, 75% of the US workforce will consist of millennials. And data usage around the world continues to skyrocket. So where and how is the data center industry going to find new talent? Furthermore, how will we attract more women into the industry? “What we need to do is increase the awareness of what we do,” says Peter Hannaford, Chairman of Datacenter People, who hopes that someday saying that one works at a data center will be “sexier.” Hannaford says that another key to success is finding and nurturing innovation, especially when you need people for design, manufacturing, sales, and more. “Innovation is going to come from smart people, nowhere else. And a lot of those people aren’t in the data center industry.” In order to maximize talent, Hannaford also says that data center managers should be training their own talent as well as recruiting young people new to the industry. Hannaford says that many skills are in-demand, but the data center engineer is the one single job that will be required near universally. “Years ago, the data center engineer was either mechanical, electrical, or IT. But given the move to the cloud, all of this stuff is piling in now. It’s becoming a hybrid role.” According to Hannaford, “engineering” requires knowledge…