OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 22, 2014) — AIM issued a report Monday that says Minnesota’s total postsecondary information technology (IT) degrees and certificates awarded was 3,215 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The total is 9 percent higher than the previous year and the highest number of degrees awarded in five years. “In 2013, there was healthy growth in the overall number of college IT degrees and certificates awarded in Minnesota,” according to Dr. Levi Thiele, AIM Director of Research.
Among other trends in Minnesota; women are still lagging behind men in IT degree completions; the largest number of the IT degrees and completions in Minnesota are awarded at the bachelor’s level, and the five most popular degrees and certificates in IT in 2013 were: (1) Computer / IT Administration and Management, (2) Computer Science, (3) Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, (4) Computer and Information Sciences – General, and (5) Computer Software and Media Applications.
The report titled, “Minnesota Postsecondary IT Degree Completions, 2009-2013” details a number of findings including postsecondary IT degree completions, IT degree award levels, analysis of gender, race, and ethnicity completions and the most popular IT degrees and certificates pursued.
The expectation for high-tech high-skilled workers in Minnesota to effectively compete in ever-changing economic markets, means keeping technology education a priority. The Minnesota Postsecondary IT Degree Completions study provides a fact-based measure of critical education priorities.
Analysts predicts that employment in computer occupations will increase by 22 percent by 2020. Even if the actual job totals turn out to be lower, there is no way to fill those jobs with American students without education systems that adequately prepare them.
Based on the research, Dr. Thiele adds, “While women are making gains in other STEM fields, they are still underrepresented in IT college degree completions. In order to keep up with the growing job market needs, we need to produce more graduates to fill these jobs and that includes more women graduates.”
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