Most IT workers have college degrees

October 23, 2002

In 2001, most information technology workers—about two-thirds—had a bachelor’s or higher degree. Forty-eight percent of IT workers held a bachelor’s degree, while 18 percent also had a master’s or higher degree.

Distribution of workers in computer-related occupations by highest level of educational attainment, 2001
[Chart data—TXT]

The number of IT workers with some college but no degree is rapidly increasing; about 16 percent of IT workers were in this category in 2001. Anecdotal information suggests that many people attend community colleges not to earn degrees but to take computer-related courses in hopes of getting a job or to update their skills.

This information is from the Current Population Survey. For purposes of this article, IT workers are considered to be those employed in 12 computer-related occupations, including computer programmers, computer systems analysts, computer hardware engineers, and database administrators. Additional information is available from "Training for techies: Career preparation in information technology," by Roger Moncarz, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Fall 2002.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Most IT workers have college degrees on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/oct/wk3/art03.htm (visited July 30, 2016).

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