More than 88,000 IT jobs were posted in 2013 for the greater Chicago area, making it the 3rd largest MSA for IT jobs.

– Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights

IT jobs are projected to grow between 40 to 50% nationally

– US Bureau of Labor statistics

Average annual salaries range from $48K to over $100K and education requirements range from high school to post-graduate degrees.

– US Bureau of Labor statistics.

However, the number of college students graduating with a degree in the US is 2.4%...and dropping.

– code.org/National Science Foundation

And while women earn 57% of all bachelor’s degrees, only 12% of computer science degrees are earned by women. Women comprise approximately 24% of the IT workforce.

– code.org/National Science Foundation

Illinois Unemployment for IT (3.5%) jobs is far less than that for all jobs (8.4%) as of March 2014.

– US Bureau of Labor statistics.
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CHALLENGES

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In the first quarter of 2014, there were more than 39,337 open IT jobs in Illinois. The lack of qualified workers to fill these positions limits the growth of our regional economy and the potential for a productive livelihood for many. Our goal as the IL IT Learning Exchange is to ensure there is a sustainable pipeline of skilled new entrants. Some challenges we face are:

  • Changing the perception of IT as a career choice, due to the belief that all IT jobs have been off-shored
  • Teaching our students to be proficient in the skills needed by IT employers through education & certifications.
  • Creating updated programs of study using standards for tech curriculum and assessments/certifications for various IT career paths.
  • The nature of the IT industry calls for partnerships with IT employers across the board to keep pace with the evolving tech & skills requirements as well as the need for work-based experiences while still in school.

    ILLINOIS IT LEARNING EXCHANGE (IL IT LEx)

    The IL IT LEX brings together partners from education and business that can use its collective knowledge to inform and transform the career tech education programs across the state. With existing and new public/private networks, we can provide key resources & tools to Illinois school districts as well as:

  • Promote career awareness & development for students
  • Facilitate public/private stakeholder connections to provide curriculum and other academic support resources as well as work-based learning opportunities and best practices
  • Promote the use of industry-recognized certifications where appropriate to verify knowledge
  • Improve access & success for underrepresented populations in IT
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    IL Pathways

    Illinois Pathways, funded through Race to the Top, and supported by a partnership between Illinois’ education and economic development agencies, is a new and innovative STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students. One of their key programs was the creation of 8 STEM Learning Exchanges around key industries in the state. More information is available on their website: www.ilpathways.com

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    Career and Courses

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    Level of engagement summary

    This is a recap of specific support between businesses and high schools in Illinois that we know about.  We encourage you to share your experiences and programs in the Il IT LEx resource library!  Also, please add any upcoming events to the calendar - sharing these items helps to build awareness for your support of IT education for Illinois high school and community college students and can spur ideas for others!
    Level of Engagement with IL IT LEx focus areas as of Jan 2016
      Professional Development Resources for School Staff Student Organizations/ Student Challenges IT Career Exploration: Speakers Bureau/Other Resources Other Work Based Learning - incl. Internships/ jobs
    Businesses 13 14 23 60
    Number of Schools 94 48 34 26
    Est. No. of Students 9,500 4,900 7,000 5,200
    Based on reporting from partners
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