December 2018 — Labor Market Intelligence Center
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The IT sector is evolving faster than it can be tracked as many companies increasingly integrate tech-savvy practices to boost efficiency and reach.
Exceptionally well-paying jobs will continue to emerge in the sector, and with this, it will become increasingly important to understand our talent pipeline to support this economic development. While Dallas-Fort Worth is carving out its place among notable tech towns in the U.S., Amazon’s pass on the DFW for its HQ2 campus proved there is room to grow the number of IT professionals.
In efforts to match talent supply to demand, we often focus on the overall numbers but in this report, attention is spotlighted on how we are addressing this alignment. While DCCCD offers an extensive number of IT programs throughout its campuses, the options are hard to navigate and programs are not adapting quickly enough to new skills in demand.
Source: Emsi, Alumni Outcomes 2013-2018
Emsi Alumni Outcomes dissects over 21,000 DCCCD identifiable alumni profiles and provides their occupations, wages, employers, region, and promoted skills. The source scrapes online job boards and professional networking platforms and links the information to the alum’s program of study.
Racial diversity is strong, but men dominate enrollments at the colleges of DCCCD.
33 is the average age of our students enrolled in IT.
Several programs have not attracted enrollments
Enrollments for CIP 11.01 (Computer and Information Sciences, General) and CIP 52.1201 (Management Information Systems, General) have either decreased or remained very low. Meanwhile, enrollments in 10.03, 11.02, 11.03, 11.08, 11.09 and 11.10, which are already much higher, are growing.
54 CIT Programs
What choice would you make?
According to a 2018 CompTIA IT Industry report, “new collar” jobs call for candidates who have a skill-centered education that can address technology’s presence in other industries. However, a strong pipeline from education to middle-skill jobs is required.
Source: CompTIA, IT Industry Outlook 2018
Source: Global Knowledge, 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report
Contact Ben Magill, executive director, Labor Market Intelligence Center.