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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Most IT workers have college degrees on the Internet at (visited September 17, 2014).


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