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Linking Critical IT Skills to Industry Needs: A Study

Linking Critical IT Skills to Industry Needs: A Study
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Author(s): Donald Caputo (Robert Morris University, USA), Gary A. Davis (Robert Morris University, USA), Paul Kovacs (Robert Morris University, USA)and John C. Turchak (Robert Morris University, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch061
ISBN13: 9781616921293
EISBN13: 9781466665354


As the information technology profession continues to grow, educators are challenged to meet employer needs by maintaining the currency and relevance of IT education. This paper reports survey results of IT professionals from the Southwestern Pennsylvania regional technological corporate community. The research process addresses industry professionals’ perceptions of what areas of study in IT are considered critical, useable, and of no importance in relation to the current workforce. Specific areas of computer-related areas of study, such as networks, databases, and software are derived through questionnaire responses. The results are then tabulated to identify the key areas of study considered critical to higher education curricular offerings in Information Technology related programs.

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