Computer science and computer engineering jobs are some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
So why are university computer science departments watching their enrollments slide?
There is a perception that you don't need a four-year degree to get an IT job. And so, fewer and fewer people are enrolling in university computer science programs, just at a time when employers say they can't find enough qualified employees.
This is a change from the peak of the dot-com era from roughly 1997 to 2001, when tech companies with big plans, wild ideas and investors willing to take a big risk flooded the marketplace. Then, the bottom fell out of the boom and a national recession entered the picture.
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