Knowledge and Skill Requirements for IT Graduates

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Journal of Computer Information Systems


This study examines the knowledge and skills required of entry-level IT workers as perceived by nearly 600 IT managers and workers from across the United States. In keeping with previous studies, the findings suggest that personal and interpersonal skills are the top rated skills with technical skills following closely behind. Organizational knowledge, particularly knowledge of primary business functions, is important, but less important for entry-level works than technical skills. The findings also suggest that possessing relevant work experience is more important for graduates seeking entry-level positions than a having a high GPA. Implications of the findings for curriculum design, student advisement and job placement are discussed.