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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

This paper presents the most up-to-date skill requirements for programmer/analyst, one of the most demanded entry-level job titles in the Information Systems (IS) field. In the past, several researchers studied job skills for IS professionals, but few have focused especially on "programmer/analyst." The authors conducted an extensive empirical study on programmer/analyst skill requirements by collecting and analyzing 837 job ads posted on Fortune 500 corporate websites for three years. The results indicate that the programmer/analysts in the Fortune 500 are expected to fulfill a combination of roles from computer program writers to technical experts as well as businessmen. The results of this study are discussed in terms of their implications for the IS 2002 curriculum model.

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