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.
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.
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 December 18, 2014).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.