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Occupational outcomes for Australian computing/information technology bachelor graduates and implications for the IT bachelor curriculum

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posted on 2024-06-05, 08:12 authored by S Palmer, Jo Coldwell-NeilsonJo Coldwell-Neilson, Malcolm CampbellMalcolm Campbell
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In Australia, the IT workforce and employment outcomes for university IT bachelor graduates have a complex interrelationship. The likelihood of IT bachelor graduates to work in a professional IT role is infrequently discussed in the research literature. It has been suggested that “deficient” undergraduate IT curricula are one contributor to poor employment outcomes for graduates. Using the latest available Australian national census data, we present a detailed analysis of the occupational outcomes for graduates of undergraduate IT programmes, and the makeup of the IT workforce in Australia. This analysis presents important findings for those designing undergraduate IT curricula that seek to equip students to prepare for the best employment outcomes. The finding that, even immediately post-graduation, a significant proportion of Australian IT bachelor graduates do not work in IT roles, even though professional IT job roles outnumber IT bachelor graduates nearly two-to-one, has implications for undergraduate IT education.

History

Journal

Computer science education

Volume

28

Pagination

280-299

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0899-3408

eISSN

1744-5175

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Informa UK Limited

Issue

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis