Preparing the Latino workforce for jobs of the future
Hispanics make up only 8% of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce, despite making up 17% of total employment across all occupations. And Latinos are underrepresented in industries with the highest usage of digital technologies, such as business services, finance, education, health services, and Information Technology (IT).
With jobs becoming increasingly digitized and automated, Latino workers require a new skill set for jobs of the future. Therefore, UnidosUS, in partnership with Google.org and our Affiliates across the country, launched the Latinx in Tech program to create opportunities for jobseekers to learn new, high-demand skills and earn competitive wages in the technology field.
Program participants can earn one of four industry-recognized Google Career Certificates: IT Support, Project Management, UX Design, or Data Analytics. Karen, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, wanted to level up her skills, so she took the Project Management course at our Affiliate Latin American Association in Atlanta, GA. “The influence of this program in my life is positive,” Karen said. Two months into the program, she got a full-time position as a human resources assistant.
Empowering the Latino workforce with tech skills is critical because:
- At least two-thirds of jobs will require some level of digital skills by 2030.
- 75% of Google Career Certificate Graduates in the U.S. report an improvement in their career trajectory.
- Tech workers can earn 20% to 85% more than their state’s average salary, ranging from $32 to $58 an hour.
Thanks to Google.org and supporters like you, the Latinx in Tech program is making a tangible difference in the lives of Hispanic families and their communities, which benefits our nation as a whole!
To read more about other participants of this program and other initiatives your support is making possible, visit us at www.unidosus.org/blog/