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This document specializes in the criteria affecting the availability of data know-how group of workers to the lively accountability enlisted strength, and the findings aspect to the belief that the IT education possibilities provided by means of the millitary might help safe the availability of IT team of workers over the lengthy haul.

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In certain industries, involving high technology, long periods with the same employer may indicate outdated skills or even a lack of ambition” (“Job-Hopping,” 1998). High-level IT skills were in such demand that, according to one survey, four out of five chief information officers would consider becoming an IT consultant if they were out of work. The high demand for IT workers was being driven by the thriving national economy, the burgeoning exploration of the Internet as a basis for business and new business models, and the need to fix year 2000 problems in legacy software.

The expansion of IT also appears to have been a key factor influencing both the relatively rapid growth of the wages of college-educated workers throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s as well as an increase in wage dispersion. Economists have suggested two theoretical explanations for these trends. According to one theory, IT as a factor of production is more complementary with high-skilled labor than with low-skilled labor. The decline in the price of IT led to greater use of IT and induced greater demand for high-skilled labor than for low-skilled labor.

For example, Microsoft created Skills 2000, an initiative with three tiers. Tier 1 used job fairs and Monster Board, a job market web site. Tier 2 offered half-price training sessions on Saturdays to keep information systems professionals up to date in Microsoft technology. Tier 3 offered free technical training to academic instructors at high schools, colleges, and universities. ” The Skills 2000 web site contained an information technology aptitude tool to help applicants determine their potential in eight career categories: database administration, information systems operator/analyst, interactive digital media specialist, network specialist, programmer/analyst, software engineer, technical support representative, and technical writer.

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