ERIC Number: ED357801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Assessment of Business Computer Programming Personnel for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.
In October 1991, a labor market assessment was conducted to provide information and direction for the curriculum development and evaluation efforts of the Eastern Iowa Community College District's (EICCD's) Business Computer Programming (BCP) Program. The study focused on employment opportunities for and educational needs of personnel performing business computer programming functions. Surveys were sent to 96 local businesses believed to be employing business computer programmers, requesting information on the functions and training needs of computer personnel; minimum educational level and salary of entry-level computer programmers; immediate and projected job openings; and emerging trends. Study findings, based on a 35% response rate (N=33), included the following: (1) 92% of the respondents reported using microcomputers, with most (85%) using them for word processing; (2) 64% reported that they used mainframe computers, and 36% reported using mid-range computers; (3) 57.1% reported that an associate degree was the minimum educational level for full-time mainframe computer programmers; (4) respondents utilizing mainframe computers projected 111 job openings through 1994, while those using mid-range computers projected only 12 openings; (5) respondents using mainframe computers who have hired EICCD graduates recommended more emphasis on accounting, communication skills, and human relations skills in the BCP program; and (6) 85% of the respondents estimated that their company would send employees to community colleges for training. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Job Skills, Labor Market, Labor Supply, Occupational Surveys, Program Evaluation, Programers, Programing, Questionnaires, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Iowa Community Coll. District, Davenport. Office of Academic Affairs and Planning.