Alarm bells over the lack of high-tech workers in the U.S. have been ringing for years, turning the story into near-legend.
But is the worker shortfall still a fact? While a consensus is elusive, many industry experts say yes, and the problem is growing.
"When I hear from employers that there is a shortage, I believe them," says Steve Langerud, director of professional opportunities at DePauw University and a workplace consultant.
"Firms know how real it is. They see how much money it costs them by having to pay a premium for talent, and they see the money lost in services they cannot provide to clients because they don't have workers," adds Langerud.
The long-term scarcity springs from a deficient educational system, says Terry Howerton, managing partner of TechNexus, a tech incubator firm based in Chicago.