Postsecondary IT Degree Completions on the Rise in Colorado

Levi Thiele, Research Director
March 11, 2014

The number of information technology (IT) and computer science (CS) degrees and certificates awarded in Colorado in the 2011-2012 academic year has increased substantially. A total of 2,589 degrees and certificates in the field of IT were awarded in Colorado, a 20.08% increase from the previous year. This represents the highest number of IT degrees and certificates awarded in the past five years.

Women are still lagging behind men in IT degree completions. Although women earned more IT degrees and certificates in Colorado in 2012 than they have in any of the previous five years, their share of IT degrees has been on the decline since 2009. The majority of IT degrees, both in Colorado and at the national level, are still earned by men. In fact, only 21% of the total number of IT degrees and certificates in Colorado in 2012 were awarded to women.

Bachelor’s degrees remain the most common degree or certificate awarded in Colorado in the field of IT, though there have been recent increases in the number of master’s degrees and pre baccalaureate certificates awarded. The five most popular degrees and certificates in the field of IT included: (1) Computer and Information Sciences – General, (2) Computer Science, (3) Computer / IT Administration and Management, (4) Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, and (5) Computer Software and Media Applications.

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