Advantages and Disadvantages of IT Education in the USA in 2022
1. Introduction to the Advantages and Disadvantages of IT Education
In this article, we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of IT education in the United States in 2022. We will also discuss what it means if your business considers IT education as a necessity.
We’ll begin with a short introduction to the benefits of IT education, followed by two arguments that argue against it being considered a necessity.
The first argument is that there are already enough programs available to use as substitutes for the ones we need.
The second argument is that it is not necessary to have an IT degree as a prerequisite for entering the workforce (or even being successful). We’ll continue with two arguments against having an IT degree as a prerequisite for entering the workforce: how much time is wasted on low-quality courses that don’t prepare students for the jobs they claim to want; and how much time is wasted on courses that don’t teach students how to manage their careers well.
2. The State of IT Education in the USA in 2022
In the last year, there has been a lot of discussion about how to solve the problem of education. There is a lot of writing out there on the topic, so I’ll do my best to summarize it.
There are two dominant schools of thought on this topic:
1. The first is “the old school”. This school believes that there are two main theories that contribute to IT education and that they can be summarized as follows (and these are not necessarily mutually exclusive):
a. Architecture Theory: This theory posits that architecture is a set of artifacts that comprise the technical infrastructure for creating and deploying software systems. These artifacts include equipment, software, websites, and other elements which form the physical infrastructure for creating and deploying software systems.
b. Business Process Management (BPML) Theory: This theory posits that BPML is a set of policies governing business process management (BPM) in order to enable organizations to manage business processes effectively – specifically including but not limited to: policy-based decisions, standards-based decision support systems (DBDSS), automated procedures for provisioning resources, scheduling transactions within a system or application, batch modes of execution and extraction…
2. The second school of thought is “the old school”. This school believes that there are three major theories that contribute to IT education and that they can be summarized as follows (and these are not necessarily mutually exclusive):
a. Programming Languages Theory: This theory posits that programming languages are sets of rules governing how to create code in different programming languages – specifically including but not limited to C/C++/Java/Python/Perl/Ruby/etc…
b. Operating Systems Theory: This theory posits that operating systems comprise a set of rules governing how various system components interact with one another – specifically including but not limited to kernel-level control, memory allocation & management, file system management…
c. Database Management Systems Theory: This theory posits that DBMS comprises a set of rules governing how various DBMS behave in different environments – specifically including but not limited to transaction processing models & data structures; resource management & allocation models; querying strategies; parallelism strategies; persistence strategies…
And these theories have important implications for what can be done with IT education programs and what kinds of programs can be done with them – so let’s take each one in turn…
3. IT Education at the Community College Level
IT education has been a hot topic in education and higher education for the last couple of years. The idea of IT as a tool to teach critical thinking and problem solving, to develop critical-thinking skills, has gained popularity among grade school students and college students alike. It’s an idea that is quickly gaining traction in some circles, and so I’m writing this post to share my thoughts on where things stand in terms of the technology at play, where we are now in terms of teacher preparation, and what we need to do moving forward (see also: https://www.eschools. com/blog/2015/07/12/research-in-education-and-technology-briefing).
I think it’s clear that it is a very important part of our educational landscape. The two biggest factors driving this are: 1) the student population is growing up in a digital world that is increasingly digital-led (and 2) the student population is growing up with technology already being embedded into their lives as part of their everyday lives (e.g., smartphones and tablets). If you’re interested in more background on any of these points, I encourage you to read a couple of excellent reports published by Pew Research (http://www.pewresearch. org/fact-tank/2015/05/28/the-future-of-education/) or the nonfiction book “Digital Divide: How the Internet Conquered School Board Rooms — And Why We Can’t Beat It” by Jonathan Gottschall https://www.amazon. com/Digital-Divide-Internet-Conquered-Schools/.
4. IT Education at the University Level
There are a lot of articles talking about the advantages of education in the field of IT in the United States. However, most of them focus solely on the advantages of going to a tech school or getting into a big company. This is definitely an advantage for those who have enough money and/or talent to follow their passion. But does it really work?
This is a 4 part series that lists some of the disadvantages for those who want to go into IT:
If you are looking for massive career changes or widespread job security then this may not be the best path for you. You might be better off with something like finance or public relations where there is less risk and more stability. This can also make it harder to get into an important position, especially if you are not generally known as a junior talent.
But even if you can get into such positions, your skillset may not fit at all with what they need. It’s too easy to get distracted by new projects, new hires, and other exciting things while staying on the same track — which will eventually lead to burnout and loss of motivation.
With that being said, many companies do hire people with expertise in specific areas (e.g., training). So if you’re interested in joining one company and working your way up from within rather than starting from scratch, that could be an option for you!
The second disadvantage is cost: some schools charge relatively high tuition fees (e.g., $50k+ per year) so it’s difficult to make ends meet when paying for living expenses and food (even with scholarships). If your goal is mostly technical career development then this can actually be quite advantageous as long as you stick with it until you finish your degree (you won’t find work after graduation) — but most people I know have trouble doing that since there isn’t much time left before retirement when they don’t feel like working.
And once they’re retired they spend most of their time “working” taking care of their kids (and friends) while trying to find work again during their later years — which means that they often don’t have much free time anyway! In fact, I’d say that Americans are more likely to retire early than Europeans because Americans tend to live longer!
5. IT Education at the Undergraduate Level
The US has been a leader in innovation and research for decades. But the US is falling behind other nations in the life-cycle of IT, especially education.
In my opinion, if we want to stay ahead of the curve, we need to take a long hard look at what is happening in other countries. If you think about it, all of our competitors have had children out of school at ages that are much earlier than ours and they are succeeding brilliantly. We have a history of ignoring innovation and pursuing the status quo, leaving us behind.
I’ve been spending some time talking with high school students about this and one thing that has struck me is how many kids still believe in an educational system that only caters to those who can afford it. The system that produces these kids starts in kindergarten when they are still learning how to read. They wake up early every day for two years with no break for 10 hours at home learning how to read on their own. The only education they get then is through private schools or through online courses (and one wonders if “online” isn’t too strong a word).
At first glance, this might not seem like too much of an issue; after all, these are just kids! But the fact is: the US spends more than $100 billion on K-12 education every year – which accounts for at least 15% of GDP (or just over $2 trillion per year). This means each dollar spent on K-12 education goes directly into the pockets of private schools or online courses … and yet there is not one single school located anywhere close to any major city in America offering an accredited program aimed at teaching IT, students! And considering that most students start off in high school without even a functional grasp of English … I don’t know what society would do without them!
6. IT Education at the Graduate Level
I’m not a big fan of making predictions, but I’m pretty sure that the future of IT education in the United States will be very different in two, maybe three more years.
The reasons are simple. Yes, there are some obvious problems – we still have relatively few computer science graduates (though they’re growing), most of them in the lower rung of their career ladder (which is becoming overcrowded), and we have an absurdly high attrition rate. But these are solvable issues. No matter what you do, you can always find a way to get more computer science graduates; for example, by having easier and more affordable access to IT degrees combined with incentives for students to stay in school longer.
The bigger problem is that there isn’t one single problem here: not everyone wants to build apps; not everyone wants to code or design websites; not everyone wants the same career path for their kids; not everyone wants a degree from a top-tier college (even if it does provide them with good job prospects). So, I think it’s just going to take some time before someone with an MBA comes out with a solution that appeals to everyone. And if they do come out with one, I predict it will be complex and expensive — which makes us all want to stay as far away from it as possible.
7. Advantages of IT Education in the US
Prior to the rise of the internet, education was a much more rigid and top-down process. While I was growing up there were many people who chose an IT profession because they had a particular set of skills and didn’t need to learn anything else. It wasn’t until very recently that IT became a more open and flexible profession, resulting in many more students taking it for granted than in my youth.
The number of students in several major US universities is rising:
1. University of California
2. University of Alabama
3. University of Georgia
4. UCLA (UCLA has recently increased class sizes, which will hurt enrollment numbers)
5. Stanford University (Stanford has experimented with reduced class sizes but hasn’t cut the size of its undergraduate degree program by much)
8. Disadvantages of IT Education in the US
This is my opinion, I do not endorse or recommend any particular group or school.
Disadvantages of IT Education in the USA in 2022
1.11% of students enrolled in postsecondary education receive at least some online coursework as part of their college degree programs. This is a small share relative to the overall population, and it’s likely to be declining over time (see: https://www.collegeboard. org/college-admissions/stats/#education). It’s important to realize that this is a small share, and it isn’t even increasing much. The share has been rising 0.2 percentage points each year since 1990, and only recently started declining (0.1% since 2011). If you have an opinion on that, please let me know! If you don’t have an opinion, I’d like to hear yours too!
I’m not sure when my high school degree will come through with me (I think it will be sooner than 2022), so I wanted to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of IT education in the US versus other countries for high school graduates entering the workforce. For some people this might not matter much; but for others it does matter because many people will now face significant challenges after graduating high school like finding a job, getting into a good college system, and getting a great job (which often requires more than just having a college degree). And if you are one of those people who needs to learn how to be competitive well into your career, then I think you should educate yourself on what can help you succeed at that task now because it will help you succeed more strongly down the road if things go well for you later on.
Advantages… There are two major advantages for people who do need to learn about how to be competitive well into their careers: 1) …you get access early enough so that your skills can still serve you well as soon as possible 2) …you get access early enough so that your skills can still serve you well as soon as possible Advantages… There are two major disadvantages for students who don’t need to learn about how to be competitive yet: 1) …you may miss out on opportunities before they become available 2) …you will have limited knowledge at best 2) …You may miss out on opportunities before they become available Advantages… There
9. Summary and Conclusion
I’m going to focus on the advantages of IT education in the United States in 2022, and then flip the coin to discuss what will be the disadvantages.
I am going to outline four key areas of study that are crucial for students preparing for the professional world:
Software Engineering Computer Science Financial Analysis Digital Marketing Internet Marketing Web Development
The four areas are all very important, but I’ll cover them all in a little more detail as well as highlight some of my favorite resources for learning about each area (and any other topics you might care to mention).
Software Engineering: As I mentioned earlier, software engineering is a skill that is taught at every level; if you want to work in an industry like IT and don’t have it at your disposal, you’ll need to learn software engineering. Most schools offer a certificate or a degree program in this field (or even two!). But what if you don’t have enough time or interest? You can still learn it! There are many online courses out there that teach this skill (like Udemy) and they are really good value. My personal favorite is Agile Software Development with Steve Blank’s Learn Agile Software Development Course on Udemy. It covers everything from theory and strategy through examples from real projects.
Computer Science: Computer science is hugely popular, but it can be difficult for beginners because it often comes with so many buzz words and acronyms that it can be hard to know what each one means. If you have other skills besides programming skills and like learning about computer science out of necessity (instead of interest), there are lots of great programs out there that teach computer science. The best one I know about is Introduction to Computing with Python on Coursera. It covers mathematics, algorithms, data structures, and more in a way that’s easy to understand — not too much math or too much code!
Financial Analysis: I wouldn’t be surprised if many people aren’t familiar with financial analysis — most people who work in finance don’t need this skill but many people who do need it do know how to do it well (I think!). The three Cs of financial analysis are cost analysis, cost engineering, and benefits analysis. For cost analysis, you look at the costs associated with any project or service to determine whether an investment makes sense from an economic standpoint.