Hello. I am Marty Mansfield, an Associate Professor of Computer Science here at Indiana Tech. I have taught in the field of computer science for 25 years, 23 of those here at Tech.
To discover more information about our department follow visit the School of Computer Sciences web site.
I am a member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) which is the professional organization for Computer Scientists. We have a local chapter for students who are interested. Currently, many of our CS, CPE, IS, NET and SE students are members.
I also subscribe to the ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).
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Below is a recent article regarding the availability of IT jobs.
Help Wanted: Tech Companies Feel Skilled Labor Shortage
Network World Fusion, March 10, 2008
Technology companies have thousands of jobs they can't fill because there aren't enough U.S. workers with the skill sets they need. According to the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), technology, defense and financial services companies have the greatest need for skilled workers. For example, the average U.S. technology company has 470 high-skilled job openings. Microsoft topped the list of companies with the most available positions with 4,005 job openings as of January 2008, followed by defense companies Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin (each with more than 3,900 job openings listed), General Electric (3,078 job openings), JPMorganChase (2,164) and Cisco (1,500).
Technology companies have more job openings available than other large companies in the S&P 500. For example, companies that are members of the trade association TechNet (Google, HP, CA, Cisco, Juniper, Sun and Amazon) accounted for more than 18,816 job openings. Information Technology Industry Council members (Accenture, AMD, EMC, Apple, IBM, Time Warner, Texas Instruments and Vonage) had more than 21,972 available positions listed as of January 2008. Members of the American Electronics Association (Adobe, BMC, Citrix, Symantec, Dell, eBay and Intel) accounted for another 12,784 job openings.
The shortage of U.S. graduates in computer and science technology fields is at least partially responsible for the imbalance between supply and demand in the U.S. labor force. Foreign nationals and international students account for a majority of the degrees awarded in high demand fields. For example, in 2006 73% of new electrical engineering Ph.D.s were granted to international students, as were 64% of all engineering Ph.D.s awarded. In the previous year, foreign nationals received 55% of electrical engineering degrees and 42% of computer science master's degrees. The shortage of high-skilled U.S. workers could worsen when an estimated 78 million baby boomers begin to retire.