DICETV UPDATE: The pipeline of college undergrads getting into Computer Science is growing… More details about specialized opportunities in healthcare IT… And more growth in tech jobs. All on this week’s Update.
High school seniors are showing renewed interest in computer science as an undergraduate major — so colleges are preparing for a surge in applications. And why not? While most of the economy is still stagnant, but computer-science grads are getting hired and at pretty good salaries. Carnegie Mellon expects to receive 4,000 applications in the area this academic year, though it will only accept only 400, and enroll about 140 next fall. That’s up from 3,500 applications in 2011 and 3,200 in 2001. The school says all of its graduating computer science majors were placed last year, except for the 15 percent who went to graduate school. Other schools report an increase in applications of 15 to 21 percent. Nationally, the number of undergraduates in computer-science rose 10 percent in 2010. The number of bachelor’s degrees awarded rose 9 percent, to 12,500.
Some more details about opportunities in Healthcare IT. Healthcare organizations continue to need staff with a mix of clinical, computer and process engineering skills to support their applications. Among the skills they’re looking for:
- Higher data security. As hospitals move forward in implementing electronic health records, many are just now starting to see the issue as a priority. Surprise. So skills in privacy practices and risk management are needed to do everything from assessing data to designing and implementing security applications.
- More mobile medicine: Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are galloping into healthcare. Development of health-related mobile apps is a hot spot. With 85 percent of American hospitals using wireless networks, the industry is primed for dramatic mobile tech growth.
- Then there’s the patient-centered medical home PCMH for short). The model is designed to create an involved consumer while reducing costs and consolidating information. Data management and data analysis are important here.
- Finally, Accountable care incentives. Accountable care organizations are networks of doctors and hospitals who share responsibility for providing care, managing all the needs of at least 5,000 Medicare patients for at least three years. Preparing for the rise of ACOs and the new Medicare payment opportunity will most likely involve an overhaul of an organization’s IT strategy. Data analysis and organization are important here, too.
IT employment’s continuing to show month-over-month growth. The TechServe Alliance says the number of IT jobs increased by more than 7,000 in October, rising to about 4.1 million jobs. That’s up by more 2.2 percent — than 87,000 positions – from October 2010. Project Managers, Software Engineers, Java Developers, Business Analysts, Systems Administrators, Database Administrators, and Programmers are particularly in demand.