IT Pros Skeptical of the Benefits of Business Degrees: Dice
A Dice report finds some IT pros have interest in obtaining an MBA, but most see tech knowledge as more important.An IT professional with an MBA could have a distinct edge over competitors looking to land that perfect position, according to a report from online technology jobs site Dice. Among current MBA holders with technical expertise (9 percent of survey respondents), higher pay was the top reported impact of their degree, but other benefits included moving into management within the technology department, obtaining employment at a preferred company or helping to land work in a new, business-oriented technical role. However, a majority (52 percent) of survey respondents said they don't think having an MBA would be important to their future technical careers, while 32 percent said they thought it would. Sixteen percent said they had no opinion. Out of Dice's daily tech listings, the company found about 1,500 job postings on any given day that require or prefer a candidate with an MBA. Survey respondents seemed to indicate having technical knowledge was more of a concern than general business knowledge, but those who saw the value of an MBA cited additional career marketability and greater likelihood of advancing into management.
"Major League baseball teams lust after five-tool players. In the marketplace for technology talent, multiple threats are IT professionals who combine technical experience with business acumen," Tom Silver senior vice president of Dice, North America, wrote in a company blog post. "For tech professionals without an advanced business degree, only one in five (19 percent) said they will likely get an MBA in the future. That seems to ensure tech professionals with MBAs will be as tough to find as the great Willie Mays."