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ERIC Number: EJ1140806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Majoring in Information Systems: Reasons Why Students Select (or Not) Information Systems as a Major
Snyder, Johnny; Slauson, Gayla Jo
Information Systems Education Journal, v12 n3 p59-66 May 2014
Filling the pipeline for information systems workers is critical in the information era. Projected growth rates for jobs requiring information systems expertise are significantly higher than the projected growth rates for other jobs. Why then do relatively few students choose to major in information systems? This paper reviews survey results from about two hundred freshmen business students at a medium-sized western university. The survey asked these students to share their perceptions of jobs that do not require information systems skills, of skills employers look for in new employees, of reasons that peers major in information systems disciplines, and of reasons they do not. This research suggests further exploration of reasons students and professionals chose information systems as a field of study and work. It also suggests using a survey group other than general business majors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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