Information system jobs go commodity, says report

Summary:People with information systems related majors had unemployment of 14.7 percent. You'd do better as a film, video and photography arts major, according to a Georgetown University report.

Information technology is seen as a growth job market for many. There's a movement to teach kids to code. There are a ton of big data jobs opening up. And computer science talent is hard to find in many areas. The big question: Why is information system unemployment so high?

A report from Georgetown University's Policy Institute highlighted majors with the lowest unemployment and highest unemployment.

The surprise: People with information systems related majors had unemployment of 14.7 percent. You'd do better as a film, video and photography arts major. And if you really want better unemployment figures be a nurse, elementary school teacher or chemistry wonk.

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Georgetown grouped computer and mathematics together. The gist is that folks that create do better than those that consumer information. Another likely leap to make is that information systems maintenance jobs are being automated out of the way with tools like virtualization and software as well as the cloud. Debate:  Should kids be taught to program?

 

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The bottom line is that IT jobs are becoming commoditized along with the technology. Rest assured that IT will create jobs, but don't lose sight of the reality that technology also kills its fair share of positions too.

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Topics: Tech Industry, Cloud

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