Posted on | November 26, 2006 | No Comments
During the good ole dot-com days you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a computer science major.Â Colleges rolled out the programs in droves and routed as many students as possible through them.Â For a moment, computer geeks were rock stars commanding big salaries, working on sexy tech stuff and getting fat on equity.
Then came the dot-bomb.Â Computer science majors became the punchline to a great cosmic joke.
Well, here we are full circle again.Â Computer science majors are back envogue and in demand.Â The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports computer science among the fastest growing jobs.Â But, this time no one’s biting.Â Enrollment in university computer science and engineering programs is down to pre-dotcom levels.Â This despite the fact that computer science majors command some of the highest post-baccalaureate starting salaries (upwards of $50,000 on average).
University professors and employers speculate that the reasons for the lack of interest is due to fears of a second coming of the dot-bomb era, and the fact that community colleges, career colleges and technical schools have done a better job of delivering timely curriculum that meet employer demands.
So, how can you fill some of this demand?Â Well, if you’re technically-inclined, you should shop your talents to both your current employer and prospective employers.
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If you did not major in computer science and don’t really want to head back to school, consider completing an assessment and/or getting a certificate.Â Certificates and assessments show employers that you’ve mastered a certain body of knowledge.Â The two differ in that assessments generally require you to complete a single test to show that you’ve mastered a programming language or software program, while most certificate programs will require you to complete classes and a certain number of hours of work before receiving the certificate.