If you are an ISU student, I expect you are busy thinking about all the things you need to finish up by the end of the term. But it would be a good idea to save a little room in your brain for the things you have been reading about here, and how all this will affect your own future.
The main point is simple: you will probably be better off if you are IT-savvy. You will be better off if you can do more with IT than being a simple user of technology provided by others.
I urge you to think seriously about fitting some IT course work into your schedule before you graduate. Maybe even explore an IT minor. And, yes, maybe even an IT major.
ISU offers you many options along these lines. To find out more, click on this link. It will take you to a pdf that provides a short summary.
And, while you’re at it, you might be interested in some survey data about compensation typically achieved by various majors, drawn from Payscale.com. You can visit the Payscale site yourself, but to make things easier, I’ve edited their data to focus on majors offered at ISU, and I’ve posted it here. You never should choose a major based solely on money; if you want to flourish, you have to choose something you care about and find exciting. However, the Payscale data clearly demonstrates that there is a huge demand for people with strong IT skills. (In fact, there is a growing shortage of such people.)
My best wishes to all our readers. If you find this blog interesting, keep on reading. The blog will take the summer off, but will be back in the fall, probably early September.
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