Point? Are you trying to imply that a person starting at that price won't be making it long? Because if your employers have the money to turn the $40K of every new hire into significantly more than $40K every single year, they can probably afford to start people at more than $40K.
No Experience just a degree.
Maybe that's part of your problem too - the insistence on applicants having a certain piece of very, very expensive paper. Not that you shouldn't look for degree'd candidates, but expect to pay a premium; they didn't get that piece of paper for free, and neither will you.
At that point you are a monkey get over yourself.
Then again, maybe it's this attitude of yours that's scaring away potential applicants. After all, who wants to work for some prick who's going to pay you shit, then marginalize and insult you when you point out that your skills are worth so much more?
And the student loans suck. I think that's a very good point, you can't graduate from college with that much debt and take a job in rural America.
So... if you get it, why the hell are you still arguing and making excuses?
Our clients (Courts) can't afford to pay more than they are. Hell they can't even pay their own staffs around here. It sucks from that point of view. What's happened around here, is that the cost of college has gotten so high because they have to pay competitively for professors to be willing to work here, while pricing the cost of tuition out of reach of the local people for whom the college was supposed to help. While at the same time, except for a few departments, the quality of teaching and the degree is so low that only big city kids who couldn't get into a decent school attend, and then leave after trashing the place. There will always be more opportunities in a large urban area than a rural area, and more on the coasts than the midwest.
That just life, but as far a shortage of programmers go, we have one.
No, what you have is a shortage of incentive for people to come work for you. That's not the same thing as a shortage of people with the necessary skills.
All we can offer are cheap cost of living, safe schools, nice enviroment, lots of nature, wineries, and fiber to your house.
Which, apparently, isn't enough. So either come up with a way to do the work you need to do without hiring any more people, or come up with an incentive program that actually attracts talent to the area. Bitching about the fact that nobody wants to work for what you currently have to offer obviously isn't getting the job done.