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South Korea is short 80,000 engineers for software industry

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Staff writer ▼ | April 25, 2016
According to Park Dong, a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training, South Korea is short 80,000 software engineers.
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Korea   900 schools were designated as leading software schools
Korea is looking for 220,000 software developers with either a master’s or Ph.D degree or four years job experience in the software sector. However, there are currently only 140,000 people qualified to fill the positions.

Considering broader software business areas, including Internet of Things, big data and cloud computing, the estimated workforce that will be needed by 2018 will grow to 1.25 million, the research institute data cited.

To foster more talent in the software industry, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Education Ministry are making efforts to start early education of software for elementary school and middle school students.

The ministries have already announced plans to make software courses a compulsory part of education in 2018 for younger students and before the change they are gradually designating more schools as leading software schools and experimenting with ways to make software education more effective.

This year, 900 schools were designated as leading software schools and the government is providing 10 million won to aid software education at each of those schools.