Randal Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said his school saw student applications drop to a low of 1,700 from a peak of 3,200 in 2001 at the end of the dot-com boom.
But the situation has been turning around in the past few years, with 2,300 applications coming in last year, he said. Bryant said he expects that the troubles on Wall Street will likely influence some students to switch majors in the coming months from business to other fields, including computer science.
Check out the U.S. Department of Labor's list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, with a projection from 2006 to 2016, for some interesting trends. Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst tops the list with 53% growth. Software Engineers are fourth on the list too. Go figure, that internet running out of capacity issue seems to be causing a resurgence and that job watching the ticker-tape is looking less appealing. From Bean Counters to Propeller Heads. It's the ebb and flow. Breathe in - breathe out. Expand - contract. You get the idea. Now you just have to call the next trend and more importantly, make sure you like what you do.