Although college is often seen as an end-all be-all, many people are branching out, taking different paths to success that don’t include college loans or debt and that oh-so-coveted piece of paper. For computer professionals, going it alone without a university just got easier.
“How do you make an IT professional? For enterprises, that’s a pretty important question, because we’re not making enough of them. In 2012, only 4% of Americans were graduating with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. This report predicts that the US is going to be short 224,000 IT workers by 2018. Four-year computer science degrees are not drawing people, and they aren’t making up for the lack of skilled IT workers in the US.”