The US may soon join the UK in having a shortage of skilled video game labor
. The AP
reports that fewer college students are receiving computer-related degrees, an ill-timed problem when baby boomers are now starting to retire. The Computing Research association found a 20% drop this year in students completing a bachelors in IT fields, and enrollment in undergrad computer science degrees is 50% lower than five years ago.
Specifically within the gaming industry, EA's vice-president of talent acquisition says the company is working more directly with colleges to recruit, offer internships and "shape curriculum." Both EA and Microsoft express that many students aren't graduating with the skills needed by the company. Oh, come on, everyone needs drama majors!