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Drupal's Talent Gap

There’s no question that Drupal is one of the hottest web technologies out there. A career in Drupal can offer a profitable and interesting career path, as well as opportunity to engage in the world’s largest and most active open source community. Drupal powers millions of websites, and with this explosion comes an ever growing need to hire people to build and maintain these sites. The challenge the community is facing is one of supply and demand. Simply put, there just aren’t enough people to fill the needs.  At any given time in the past 6 months, job aggregator Indeed.com has over 2,500 open position across the US for Drupal talent.

AcquiaU: One company's approach to the talent shortage

"Recently, the number of Drupal websites on the web surpassed a million and that number will no doubt continue to grow. While there is plenty of interest from businesses, nonprofits, and government entities in implementing Drupal websites, a big challenge remains: the relative scarcity of talent."- assoc.drupal.org

Acquia’s strategy to address the ever-growing need? Build a program that will attract, grow, and retain new talent in the Drupal community. We’re taking on a more structured approach to ramping up new people into Drupal - one that will capitalize on the content created by the community, more formally bring people through a hands-on learning process, and offer opportunities to engage in Real Play- a learning approach that presents real business problems and uses them as the basis for real-time learning. With this program, we’re trying to not only close the talent gap, we’re trying to inspire the next generation of Drupalists to learn the basics and choose a career path; one that will be equal parts hard work, professional advancement, and personal fulfillment.

Drupal: Not just technology but a community

What is the 'Drupal Community' and Why It's So Unique

Drupal community is filled with passionate volunteers who are eager and always try and offer advice on every hurdle. With their support via various vibrant IRC channels, in the forums, and face to face at Drupal events like Camps and DrupalCons, every level of Drupal users feels empowers to make a difference.  This worldwide community drives the innovation making Drupal the preferred open source platform choice for web developers and site owners.

What Being a Part of the Community Means to Me

Heather James has been a member of the Drupal community for a number of years and part of the Acquia Learning Services Team, creating Drupal Training, producing blogs.  Heather is a member of the Drupal Ireland community. She has helped organize community events such as DrupalCamps and free community training. In the photo, she's at a dinner with members from the regional group, probably planning a DrupalCamp!  Read her blog entry about her experience with the communuty

Building a Great Drupal Team

The web has seen rapid growth over the last 15 years. In addition, specialization of roles and job definitions have increased over the last five years. Meanwhile, these shifts and changes make assembling a great technical team especially difficult. Employers in the field of web development are competing to attract the brightest talents. To create a great digital experience with Drupal, you need a great Drupal team. In this eBook, we share our recommendations for building your great Drupal team. Check out Acquia's ebook on How to Build a Great Drupal Team.

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