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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Computer Science Majors at Lowest Level in 30 Years

Overseas outsourcing -- or at least the fear of it -- has discouraged today's college students from majoring in computer science. As a result, enrollment in computer science programs in the US has dropped to its lowest level since the early 1970s.

Concern about outsourcing and downsizing, as well as the cooling of the late 1990s tech boom, led to a 23% drop in computer science undergraduate and graduate programs in 2004. This does not mean, however, that today's college students aren't considering IT careers, which many predict will remain attractive. Instead, they are more likely to pursue broader majors such as business, which will ultimately make them more marketable in a volatile business climate. "Now the IT professional needs a full suite of skills," says Matthew Moran, author of The IT Career Builder's Toolkit. "There probably are a lot more students getting minors in computer science."

Source: Internetnews.com