NCWIT database of CS jobs vs graduates per Congressional district

July 8, 2011 at 10:08 am 3 comments

Joanne Cohoon presented this really interesting database at TTU Tapestry this week. NCWIT has gathered data from a variety of sources to let you see the predicted number of jobs requiring a CS/IT degree vs the predicted number of CS/IT graduates per state and per Congressional district.  There are some hiccups in the data, because this stuff is hard to measure.  One hiccup in the data is apparent if you look up at Arizona — it’s the only state in the US where the supply of graduates far exceeds the number of jobs.  That’s because all the University of Phoenix graduates nationwide get counted as Arizona graduates.  When I look up my Congressional district, I find very few graduates — but I wonder if that’s because there are no CS programs in my Congressional district.  As a ballpark measure, it really brings home the huge demand for IT/CS College graduates.

On this page you’ll find data about IT jobs and computer science education, disaggregated by state and congressional district. We encourage you to use these data to influence educators, legislators, administrators, parents, and other decision-makers where you live or work. Please keep in mind that these are the best available computing education and workforce indicators to date; however, they do have limitations. They should serve as a starting point for advocating for CS education and NOT as a way to rank or evaluate specific states and districts. To get the full picture, we suggest you start with the national graphic and then move to state- and district-level data.

via NCWIT : Our Work : Campaigns : Improving Computer Science Education.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Darrin Thompson  |  July 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Do these numbers include the unemployed but qualified?

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  July 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

      No, I don’t think so. I think it’s BLS-based prediction of jobs available vs. graduates produced. NCWIT’s pages have explanation with more detail to it.

  • 3. Stephen Gilbert  |  July 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Every time I see something like this, it makes me very, very skeptical about numbers I see on surveys. When I look at my congressional district, (Calfornia’s 48th), it shows 0 for Bachelors to Phds, but this district includes UCI, which is, I believe, the largest computing program in California.


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