: Career Paths Diverge"> While many students are staying away from IT studies, programs such as accounting, real estate and management have increased enrollment, said Georgia States McDonald, in Atlanta. The drop in IT enrollment at many schools reverses a recent trend. Encouraged by predictions of plentiful IT job opportunities, students increased computer science enrollments nationwide by 40 percent between 1996 and 1997 and by 39 percent between 1997 and 1998, according to a report by the Computing Research Association, in Washington."As soon as we come out of the recession, the demand [for IT skills] that we couldnt keep up with before is going to be doubled or tripled," said McDonald. "And, if the pipeline of graduates is disrupted, it will be that much worse." Executive Managing Editor Jeff Moad is at email@example.com. Related stories:
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Educators such as McDonald are concerned that if declining enrollments persist, the widely reported IT skills gap could grow wider if and when the economy recovers.