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More Science, Less Drama: IT Pros Defend Engineering Careers

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Many information technology (IT) professionals believe that parents could be doing their children a disservice by not encouraging them to pursue advanced studies in math and science. A survey by the American Society for Quality found that more than 85 percent of students are not considering careers in engineering, and that parents did not promote engineering as a viable career option to their children. The survey also found that some parents suggested that their daughters pursue careers in acting over math, sciences, and high-tech careers.

Many working IT professionals say the ever-changing industry provides a fulfilling career for those who enjoy problem solving, challenging situations, and variation in their daily lives. The survey found that 44 percent of those not choosing a career in engineering listed a lack of knowledge about the specific field and the overall industry as a reason for not pursuing a career in IT. IT professionals say that students need a better understanding of how math and science influence and relate to things that are important in their lives.

"Clearly, there needs to be much more focus on math and science in schools," says an IT professional in response to the survey. "We need more math majors and fewer drama majors if the U.S. is going to remain competitive in the 21st century."

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