PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a comprehensive information technology professional who currently focuses on cloud server implementation, Peter Wiegandt
has witnessed firsthand the many opportunities that are available in the tech industry. While he enjoys the professional possibilities that he has experienced throughout his career, Wiegandt says such progress would not have proven possible without the investment he made in education. Now, a recent article
from CBS News, suggests that many young Americans may be leaning away from that very tech education and missing out on opportunities--similar to that of Wiegandt's--in a growing job field.
The article explains, "While the demand for college graduates with computer and information technology degrees continues to grow, U.S. colleges and universities are producing fewer of these grads than they did 10 years ago. The number of computer and IT jobs grew 13 percent from 2003 to 2012, but the number of people with degrees in these fields dropped by 11 percent over that time, according to a new study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists."
Peter Wiegandt responds, "In order for the tech industry to continue to flourish and introduce new innovations that can transform the way we live, new minds have to enter the field. In that respect, it is very discouraging to hear that the number of students studying for tech-related degrees in the United States has declined. However, the increasing rate of jobs in the sector is encouraging, and may motivate many young students to pursue this constantly-evolving field."
According to Peter Wiegandt, one of the possible reasons more students have declined from pursuing tech-related degrees could be a lapse in focus on STEM education at primary, middle and high school levels within the United States. He states, "Students have to first be aware of the possibilities that are out there in the tech field before they decide to pursue a degree in the subject. Early STEM education is a great way to help introduce students to this field and spark that interest."
Sharing a different view on the reasons behind the slowdown, Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, suggests in the CBS article, "The slowdown in IT degrees over the last decade may have been influenced, in part, by the dot-com bubble collapse and by more recent trends of tech workers being trained by employers or trained through informal programs outside of a traditional academic setting."
"While educational groups can help boost interest in the tech field, it is clear that the industry--as a whole--needs to determine a solution to help attract more students to the market. If the number of students in tech-related programs continues to decline, companies in the industry will most likely face struggles filling in employment gaps in the near future," Peter Wiegandt concludes.
is currently President and CEO of Tec 360 and CresCloud. He is also President of Dell Latinamerica and Chairman of Regata Copa Mexico.