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 https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/oct/wk3/art03.htm (visited June 07, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Meal Appeal: Patterns of Expenditures on Food away from Home
Examines spending on food away from home, such as meals or snacks from restaurants, vending machines, employer cafeterias, or other venues.
- Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules in 2017–18
Examines data on job flexibilities, such as working at home, flexible schedules, and shift work.
- Labor Market Activity of Blacks in the United States
Examines data on the labor market and related topics for the Black or African American population.
- Workers’ Access to and Use of Leave from Their Jobs in 2017–18
Examines the reasons for which workers can take leave, their use of leave, and the reasons they did not take available leave even when they needed to.