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A Sneak peek at the future of IT


JULY 2014

If jobs are available — really good jobs, mind you — why don’t more youths consider IT as a career option, especially youths for whom attending college might be a challenge? And what can the IT industry do to successfully lure more young people into pursuing tech careers?

In order to increase the pipeline of future IT workers, Creating IT Futures Foundation wanted to learn more about how low-income urban African-American and Hispanic teens (11th and 12th grade) view college and IT careers. The full report will be released later this year.

Today we will present the first in a 4-part series on this research, beginning with an overview of what teens and their parents think about IT careers.

Understanding what youth think about IT careers

The Creating IT Futures Foundation recently commissioned research to better understand how urban youths think about and plan for their futures, along with what are drivers and barriers of interest in IT.

We found both positive results, and stumbling blocks. Read on for more details.  Learn more about the research.

Pomeroy finds IT-Ready graduates eager to help company succeed

Pomeroy, an IT infrastructure management company, looks for candidates eager for a career, not just a job. That big-picture vision has helped fuel the company’s growth. Learn more about Pomeroy.

IT-Ready is heading west to ... Dallas!

Our partner in IT-Ready, Per Scholas, will open the sixth IT-Ready location in Dallas later this year. Dallas was chosen due to its huge level of business growth and strong need among employers for IT support workers.

To learn more about Per Scholas, visit www.perscholas.org.

Father and son: Scott and Josh Buffie

After spinal surgery ended Josh Buffie’s construction career, he and his son Josh were both accepted into the IT-Ready program. Both men found a way to reinvent themselves and embark on a new career.

IT job opportunities are increasing

There is a bright outlook for future employment growth in core IT occupations - over 20% in several cases from 2010 to 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - such as software developers, database administrators, network and systems administrators, systems analysts, and other including information security analysts, web developers, and network architects. 

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The Creating IT Futures Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT industry association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.

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We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.

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3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 678-8300
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