ALL NEWS

The Class of 2019: Are we graduating enough Utah workers for Utah jobs?

May 1, 2019, 2:25 PM | Updated: May 3, 2019, 9:25 am
women men jobs...
Photo: Getty Images

Editorial note: the following is the second in a three-part series on the opportunities available to the Class of 2019. Part one is available here.

SALT LAKE CITY — The job market in Utah is one of the hottest in the nation. But are Utah companies hiring Utah grads?

Yes and no.

Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce CEO Derek Miller says our education system is doing things right. But so many companies have moved into the state, there may not physically be enough people to fill all the positions, especially in the tech sector.

“I wouldn’t call it a mismatch. But we have to go outside of Utah, outside of our market to get more engineers,” Miller said.

There are also not enough coders.

At least 6,500, mostly high paying manufacturing jobs are also going unfilled in the state, including up and coming fields like 3D printing.

“Right or wrong, we have pushed higher education degrees to the point where it has now jeopardized our technical training. For the technically trained folks, we need to do a better job of helping them understand what is a pathway to a job and what does that job look like?” said Utah Manufacturers’ Association President Todd Bingham.

Miller thinks a big benefit of Utah’s hot job market is that employers are willing to take a chance on almost anyone, whether they have a degree or not.

“If you were to ask a business two years ago what their greatest challenge is, every single business that I’ve talked to would say, ‘We need a qualified, trained workforce.’ Today, you ask them what their challenge is they say, ‘Workforce,'” Miller said.

Coming up in part three: paying off student loans.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

A 15-year-old male was killed on Sept. 29 in an auto-pedestrian accident.  (Stock photo: Canva)...
Amie Schaeffer

Teen killed in Hurricane auto-pedestrian accident

A male teenager riding an e-bike in Hurricane, Utah was hit and killed on Thursday evening. The victim died at the scene.
7 hours ago
Soon we will know more about the trail of destruction Hurricane Ian has left behind in southwest Fl...
Judson Jones, CNN Meteorologist

Ian isn’t over. Here’s where the storm goes next

Hurricane Ian isn't finished yet. Where is the storm headed to next?
7 hours ago
Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicl...
Heather Kelly

Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort

AAA of Utah says automatic emergency braking systems have limitations and should only be used as a last resort to prevent a crash.
1 day ago
Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks. Photo credit: Salt Lake City ...
Devin Oldroyd

Utah Transit Authority closes Ballpark Station due to debris on tracks

Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks.
1 day ago
Utah airbnb rentals rising interest rates affecting millennial home buyers...
Mark Jones

Eviction filings on the rise in Utah, compared to this time last year

The Rental Housing Association of Utah says eviction filings in Utah saw a 46% increase in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time in 2021.
1 day ago
(Getty Images)...
Mark Jones

21-year-old man sentenced for multiple sex crimes

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday for four sex crimes he pled guilty to in August.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
The Class of 2019: Are we graduating enough Utah workers for Utah jobs?