Information system jobs go commodity, says report

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.

TOPICS: Tech Industry, Cloud

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.



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?




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.



Topics: Tech Industry, Cloud

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  • The government giving away the jobs

    Is finally hitting IT. Corporations are not going to stop until all the jobs are in 3rd world countries where employment standards don't exist.
  • And the clueless government is wanting to issue more H1B visas

    Corporate big wigs lobby for more everyday and claim "they just can't find people".. Those of us in the field know better.
    • Not so sure about clueless!

      Many either pretend that they don't know because they are in cahoot w/ the corporation, while others are too chicken to raise the voice. It's money driven nowaday, (i.e. no pay no play). A good example would be Citizen United, where corporation entities are considered to have equal and better rights than human.
  • Statistics vs. Real-World Experience

    I don't know how to reconcile the statistics above with my real-world experience; I've never had a problem finding/holding a good IT job, and I don't personally know of anyone else in this field who has had a problem (other than some who I know to be lower-caliber employees). I see a wide variety of IT jobs advertised on a regular basis, and that's despite me living in an area with higher-than-usual unemployment.

    Maybe the issue is one of experience--perhaps those of us with more of it under our belt are more desirable than new graduates.

    I also wonder what Georgetown considers to be an "Information Systems" degree, as there are many degree programs with similar names but varying focuses ranging from technical studies to business and management.
    • What is the age range of the people responding?

      As an IT worker of 30 years, I would be interested to know the age range of the respondents both above and below this post. There are so many IT workers "out there" who are so well trained and experienced AND who are NOT working, because
      1- the jobs are held by H1B visa people who get paid significantly less
      2- their experience precludes higher pay for their knowledge AND employers don't want to pay
      3- age discrimination that no one wants to discuss because it's "taboo" - who wants to work with someone who looks like your father or your mother? It's not cool or awesome.

      The majority of people still out of work are over 50 years old - yes, go read the "stats" in AARP, and even the NY Times and WSJ. These people are knowledgeable and willing to work. If they were employed, they would already be solving many problems that stymie people nowadays.
      The way I see it: those who have the pseudo- IT graduate degrees feel that they know more than those with the experience. Knowledge is definitely power, but without experience its foolhardiness. If more of the "experienced" people were employed in technology, there'd be fewer breakins and fewer data leaks...all of this "security" stuff was traversed and ironed out in the 50's and 60's during the Cold War. The size of the technology has changed, but not the basic concepts (yes, go back and read your operating system manuals again, please).
      Spinoza wrote "those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it."
      Yup, and that's just what's happening now....and not only in technology but in economics and our economy as well.
  • ???

    There are so many it jobs around where I live it's not even funny. We just had 3 very large built in the last 3 or 4 years in little rock alone, not to mention acxiom and HP in Conway. Now, entry level jobs are flooded, but someone with a network + or security+ and a degree are practically guaranteed jobs here. Especially if you have a little experience.
    • oops, I meant

      " 3 very large data centers"
  • This was materializing in the early 00's...

    ... as education funds were made available for IT training/retraining, and salaries began to drop for the front line employees. Low(ish) cost training centers sprung up all over the continent, filled with hopefuls, immigrants, and people who had failed in other careers.

    IT generalist type positions are definitely McJobs as corporations who now are paying for IT (a division of the company which didn't exist not too long ago in executive level management's minds) attempt to drive the cost of this 'new' department down. "The business made money just fine before IT was around" is the prevailing mentality, and now we have execs who couldn't tell the difference between computer hobbyists and IT professionals early in their careers continuing to promote the aforementioned non-professionals.

    Unfortunately this keeps many organizations from realizing the true power of IT, and making good decisions on infrastructure. That there is any debate about BYOD shows that ignorance still permeates the discussions, fueled by people who don't understand the magnitude of what is going on.

    Children being taught to program (despite it being devastatingly useful to them as a secondary benefit) will only serve to drive wages and overall IT spend down, which is why its being proposed, I'm sure.
  • Automation Is The Skill

    Those who expect to make a career out of just pointing and clicking are in for a nasty shock.
  • Stats are misleading

    These statistics seem to be for Information Systems majors, not Tech workers as a whole. At the university where I work this degree is in the business school and is really to more or less train IT managers. So basically graduates have zero hard skills.

    Seems to me that I see tons of opening everyday for people with hard skills.