Building a Workforce for the Information Economy

Building a Workforce for the Information Economy

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A look at any newspaper's employment section suggests that competition for qualified workers in information technology (IT) is intense. Yet even experts disagree on not only the actual supply versus demand for IT workers but also on whether the nation should take any action on this economically important issue. Building a Workforce for the Information Age offers an in-depth look at IT. workers-where they work and what they do-and the policy issues they inspire. It also illuminates numerous areas that have been questioned in political debates: Where do people in IT jobs come from, and what kind of education and training matter most for them? Are employers' and workers' experiences similar or different in various parts of the country? How do citizens of other countries factor into the U.S. IT workforce? What do we know about IT career paths, and what does that imply for IT workers as they age? And can we measure what matters? The committee identifies characteristics that differentiate IT work from other categories of high-tech work, including an informative contrast with biotechnology. The book also looks at the capacity of the U.S. educational system and of employer training programs to produce qualified workers.For example, one reason that most young people today do not consider IT careers may be a simple lack of information. ... doctor/nurse, farmer, administrative assistant, and sales and marketing than understood the careers of engineer or computer programmer.11 ... attitudes, and emotions) influence both teaching practice and student learning in mathematics.12 Surveys and analysis of test scores of U.S.anbsp;...

Title:Building a Workforce for the Information Economy
Author:Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Board on Testing and Assessment, Committee on Workforce Needs in Information Technology, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2001-03-19


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