ERIC Number: ED453891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Skills Required by the Information Technology Sector in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Business Needs Assessment Study No. 2. Research Report.
Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale. Office of Institutional Research.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) analyzed data collected from ads for jobs in the information technology (IT) sector in the Washington, D.C. area. The study acquired its data from employment ads in the Washington Post's Sunday employment sections. The primary purpose of the study was to learn more about the skill sets being sought in candidates for IT positions. The study evaluates positions in eight employment categories: (1) database management/development; (2) graphic design; (3) help desk/technical support; (4) management positions; (5) network/systems administration; (6) programming; (7) training/instructional design; and (8) other. The report analyzes the content of the ads by examining the kinds of skills, education, and experience employers listed as requirements for IT jobs. A detailed table is presented that delineates the job offerings according to: (1) position offered; (2) skills required; (3) education/certification required; (4) experience required; (5) hardware/software skills required; and (6) additional notes, such as U.S. citizenship or secret clearance required. The report finds that the programming category had the highest number of jobs available, with the lowest number of jobs in management. Forty-two percent of the ads stipulated a degree or certification requirement. A majority of the ads stipulated work experience as a requirement for employment. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale. Office of Institutional Research.