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The Workforce Reality in North Carolina

North Carolina Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette talks about recruiting “a new wave” of IT employees.

BALTIMORE — According to North Carolina's top technology official, Eric Boyette, IT staff in the state average 57 years old. "Within the next three to five years, 37 percent of our workforce can retire," he told Government Technology.

At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference this week in Baltimore, Boyette talked about some of the partnerships the state is exploring to help cultivate a new generation of talent for the Department of Information Technology.

And the need to grow the workforce requires some policy adjustments, Boyette said. Younger workers tend to have different expectations for a satisfying professional life than previous generations did. Remote work and schedules that veer outside of the traditional 8-to-5 workday are a couple of the strategies he's using.

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.