The lack of technological innovation in Australia is because of the fact that the majority of country’s students are steering clear of computer science degrees to avoid being branded ‘geeks’ or ‘nerds’, a new study has revealed
The number of admissions in IT universities has reduced by over 30 percent in the last 10 years, and if the trend continues then the country will face a substantial shortfall in the number of people working in the information and communications technology sector, News.com.au reported
Professor Leon Sterling, president of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT, said that the struggle to fill the sector’s 460,800 jobs is due to the poor standard of teaching in schools and the negative stereotype of ICT workers as geeks and nerds
Sterling said that the ‘geek’ notion is a bit of a generational problem, and for a lot of people, if they don’t know someone who has worked in ICT, they don’t understand what the job is
It meant that the challenge of enticing young people into the industry was dramatically hindered, he said.