Computer studies meet passions

Information technology has become so ubiquitous that it has been termed “the new liberal art.” But how can students break down the sprawling field into areas that reflect their interests and that they can master and apply to careers? Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is providing answers to that question next fall with a new interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

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Education for “the new liberal art?”

Merging computing with other subjects to be focus of new Pace University undergraduate IT major

Structure is like few others in the country, dean says

NEW YORK, NY, November 3, 2009 – Information technology has become so ubiquitous that it has been termed “the new liberal art.”

But how can students break down the sprawling field into areas that reflect their interests and that they can master and apply to careers?

Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is providing answers to that question next fall with a new interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Passions and interests

Like few other computing programs in the country, the new “flagship” program lets students combine an area of personal interest with a solid foundation in Information Technology (IT).

They will build on required course work in computer systems, networking, interactive media, database management, and security. Students can then follow their ambitions and choose a career concentration in Web and digital media, security, networking, information management, or problem-solving and systems.

Finally, students can incorporate their passions, combining IT with an area they love or want to explore or work in such as the arts, sciences, criminal justice, education or management.

Echoing the values of traditional liberal arts education, the school’s faculty believes the structure of the program will make students better able to adapt to new technologies and shorten their learning curves for future technologies.

“Gone are the days of geeks.”

All students in the program will be required to have an internship — many of which are paid — or to complete a capstone project that integrates what they learned. The goal is for them to enter the professional workforce with confidence that they have the knowledge and skills to succeed.

“Gone are the days when computers and technology were reserved for geeks,” said Constance A. Knapp, the Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School, who holds both a Ph.D. in Business and an MBA. “Today, technology surrounds us and provides ways to make our lives more productive and fun, and Pace’s new program capitalizes on that.”

Scholarships and salaries

Pace has a robust financial aid program, with 95 percent of students receiving financial aid. Graduates from the Seidenberg School earn on average $62,400 per year, higher than the average for Ivy League graduates.

Information technology is pervasive in many other parts of Pace, notably in a six-year old Digital Art Gallery and in a high proportion of courses taught online and in a “blended” model combining online and face to face learning. Pace is one of seven colleges and Universities now testing the Amazon Kindle DX wireless reading device as a way of making textbooks available.

For more information about the new program, visit www.pace.edu/BSIT .

About Seidenberg

Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, established in 1983, is the youngest school within the University. It was one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the country and remains in the forefront of the field. The school offers a student-centered environment; small classes; committed teaching; research with professors; innovative programs, projects, and partnerships; and convenient multi-campus locations as well as online courses and programs. Inherent in the school’s activities and services to students, businesses, and the community is the belief that information technologies are tools for the empowerment of people.

About Pace

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems reaccredited by ABET

The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

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Pace University keeps “only in New York” status in computing

Reaccreditation of BS programs makes Pace only school in state accredited for Information Systems by ABET organization, one of ten for Computer Science

New York, NY, October 20, 2009 – The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

The organization’s decision to reaffirm accreditation makes the Seidenberg School the only one in New York State accredited for information systems, and one of ten accredited for computer science.

“Seidenberg was one of the first schools in the country to put software and hardware in a unified curriculum, and I am pleased that ABET, Inc., continues to affirm the quality of our programs,” said Constance A. Knapp, MBA, PhD, Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School.

Accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations are conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines. They focus on areas including program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support.

Guide for students, parents and employers and graduate schools

A key requirement of ABET accreditation is that programs continuously improve their quality. As part of this requirement, programs must set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results.

In addition to providing a structured mechanism for colleges and universities to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.

About ABET

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.abet.org.

About Pace

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Visit Pace on the web: Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube. Follow Pace students on Twitter: NYC | PLV

Pace bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems reaccredited by ABET

The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

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Contact Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Pace University keeps “only in New York” status in computing

Reaccreditation of BS programs makes Pace only school in state accredited for Information Systems by ABET organization, one of ten for Computer Science

New York, NY, October 20, 2009 – The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

The organization’s decision to reaffirm accreditation makes the Seidenberg School the only one in New York State accredited for information systems, and one of ten accredited for computer science.

“Seidenberg was one of the first schools in the country to put software and hardware in a unified curriculum, and I am pleased that ABET, Inc., continues to affirm the quality of our programs,” said Constance A. Knapp, MBA, PhD, Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School.

Accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations are conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines. They focus on areas including program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support.

Guide for students, parents and employers and graduate schools

A key requirement of ABET accreditation is that programs continuously improve their quality. As part of this requirement, programs must set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results.

In addition to providing a structured mechanism for colleges and universities to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.

About ABET

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.abet.org.

About Pace

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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IT Job Market Shows Signs of Recovery in Manhattan and a Slowing Decline in Westchester

The number of information technology job openings showed a slight increase in Manhattan, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET

SHOWS SIGNS OF RECOVERY IN MANHATTAN

AND A SLOWING DECLINE IN WESTCHESTER,

NEW PACE U. REPORT FINDS

New York, NY – July 20, 2009 – The number of information technology job openings showed a slight increase in Manhattan, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

“Although it may be premature to say the labor market decline of the past several quarters is finally over, the prediction that the Manhattan job market might bottom out that was made in the 1st quarter Report is supported by the one percent increase in the number of job openings in the 2nd quarter,” the researchers wrote. “The index of job postings rose from 41.7 to 42.2, a slight increase, but significant in its implications.”

The index of IT job listings in Westchester County dropped by 4 points from 45 to 41, but the report suggests that the decline is slowing and may follow Manhattan by year’s end.

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, of the 11 categories that comprise the index, seven had relatively strong growth, while four declined. Of the categories showing growth, the strongest was Computer Programmers, up by 2 points from 17.9 to 19.9. Of the four declining categories, Software Engineers Applications decreased by 1.5 points from 18.5 to 17.

In Westchester, Computer Support Specialists had the healthiest increase, followed by IT Managers and Data Base Administrators. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Software Engineers, Applications showed the steepest drop among the seven categories exhibiting weakness. The declines in the other six categories, however, were relatively minor.

The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII.

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

Viacom CIO Joe Simon to be Honored with Pace University Leadership and Service in Technology Award

The 14th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception, celebrated by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 6 pm, at The Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

June 8, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY

VIACOM CIO JOE SIMON TO BE HONORED WITH PACE UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE IN TECHNOLOGY AWARD JUNE 9

Keynote address on “transformation through technology” by investor Steven Cooper, former CIO of American Red Cross and Homeland Security

Award to IT chief of corporate parent of MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central recognizes “application of technology to serve people”

WHO: This year’s honoree is Joe Simon, senior vice president and CIO of Viacom.

Keynote address: “Transformation through Technology” by Steven Cooper, former CIO of the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, and a founding partner of The Strativest Group.

WHEN and WHERE: Tuesday, June 9, 6 pm, at The Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY. Media admission by press card.

WHAT: 14th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception, celebrated by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. The award honors individuals and companies not only for “leadership in the field of technology,” but also for “innovation in the application of technology to serve people, and commitment to community service and education.”

The keynote promises to be of interest to investors and others tracking information technology. The annual award reception serves as the primary fund-raiser for the Seidenberg school. All proceeds are used to support the school’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and various initiatives.

BACKGROUND ON SIMON: Simon is responsible for the design, implementation, and operation of information technology programs throughout Viacom’s worldwide offices. He has created and supported an advanced technological infrastructure during a period of intense growth. Previously, he spent nine years as a principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, focusing on the media sector, and held executive positions at Reader’s Digest and various business concerns in New Zealand and India.

Viacom, the world’s leading entertainment content company, has penetrated all areas of media including broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor advertising, and online communications. In entertainment, news, sports, music, and comedy, Viacom’s well-known brands include MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and Comedy Central.

For additional information and to register, visit www.seidenberg.pace.edu/lst or call Dawn Rigney at (914) 773-3944.

Has Manhattan IT Job Market Bottomed Out?

The rates of decline in information technology job openings slowed in Manhattan, according to the first quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Has Manhattan IT Job Market Bottomed Out?

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET SHOWS SLOWING DECLINE IN MANHATTAN, SMALLER WESTCHESTER DECLINE THAN ELSEWHERE, NEW PACE U. REPORT FINDS

New York, NY – May 12, 2009 – The rates of decline in information technology job openings slowed in Manhattan, according to the first quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

A decline was more pronounced in Westchester County, but even there the IT job market performed significantly better than the IT market in other areas of the New York Metropolitan region, where demand for IT professionals has decreased by more than 60 percent. By comparison, the 31 percent decrease in Westchester appears moderate, according to the new report, even if the Westchester PSII drop of 31 percentage points, from 53 to 37, was the greatest decline since the index was launched in 2006.

Although the labor market for IT professionals in Manhattan followed the general trend of decline, it did so to a much lesser degree. The index dropped from 44 to 42, a relatively insignificant decline, which the data’s analyst, professor Farrokh Hormozi, says should be cause for optimism.

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, of the 11 standardized categories tracked by this report, the smallest drop in demand was in that for IT Managers; the largest was for Software Engineers, Applications. A promising note is the fact that the end tail of each graph in the report is flat, indicating that the decline in both categories may have bottomed out.

In Westchester, Software Engineers, Applications also had the healthiest increase this quarter, followed by Systems Analysts. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Computer Scientists, Research dropped more than 20 percent.

The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII.

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

Information Technology Job Market Shows Severe Decline in Manhattan, Slowing Decline in Westchester

The rates of decline in information technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County slowed somewhat in several categories during the fourth quarter, according to the fourth quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET SHOWS SEVERE DECLINE IN MANHATTAN, SLOWING DECLINE IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW PACE U. REPORT FINDS

New York, NY – January 27, 2009 – The rates of decline in information technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County slowed somewhat in several categories during the fourth quarter, according to the fourth quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

The brightest area was demand for network administrators in Westchester County, where the trend turned positive. For software engineers in Westchester, both systems specialists and applications experts, the downward trends of the past three quarters leveled off.

The decline was most pronounced in Manhattan, where the PSII dropped for the 3rd consecutive quarter if one discounts a one point increase in the 2nd quarter. The Index registered 44 for the final quarter of 2008 against 88 in the 3rd quarter and 94 at the beginning of the year.

The PSII is a composite index that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, of the 11 categories, 10 had a negative slope but did not worsen. Of the 10, the steepest drop was seen in the market for Software Engineers, Systems. One category defied the trend, that of Computer Programmers, where the average trend line remained relatively flat and the rate of decline slowed.

In Westchester, the overall IT employment market slowed its steep decline and dropped only moderately, from 63 to 53. Of the 11 categories, one showed a substantial increase, three exhibited a slower rate of decline, five remained flat and two declined. The best performance was registered by Network Administrators which reversed its year-long decline and turned positive. Also, the category of Software Engineers – both Systems Specialists and Applications Specialists, showed improvement.

“While the economy continues to depress the job market, including IT, businesses are taking stock of how to do ‘more for less’,” said Judy Arteche-Carr, chair of the Society for Information Management’s NY Chapter, in a sidebar within the quarterly reports. “Technology will be a factor for smart business since it creates new opportunities and enables them to manage change.

“Some SIM/NY CIOs have indicated that the IT job market will be relatively flat in 2009, maintaining core IT jobs and managing the need for new hires with business knowledge and IT skills in emerging technologies. In the long run, demand for IT jobs is expected to increase once the economy picks up.

Arteche-Carr added: “Students should certainly take up IT-related courses and disciplines, as there is a tremendous ‘future potential in IT’.”

The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII.

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 102 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning, amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

New Pace U. Report Shows Decline in Information Technology Job Markets in Manhattan and Westchester

Information Technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County showed declines during the third quarter in eight of 11 commonly-used categories, according to the third quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

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WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS, NEW PACE U. REPORT SHOWS DECLINE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKETS IN MANHATTAN AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Demand for research computer scientists increases in Manhattan; Westchester posts slight growth of openings in Network Systems and Data Communications Analysis
Computing school dean encourages “long view”
New York, NY – October 16, 2008 – Information Technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County showed declines during the third quarter in eight of 11 commonly-used categories, according to the third quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.
The decline was most pronounced in Westchester County, where the IT job market had its worst quarterly slide since the PSII was created in 2005. The index dropped more than 100 points during the third quarter, in contrast to the strong growth of over 40 points reported last quarter.
The PSII is a composite index that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In Manhattan, the IT job market experienced a mild 30-point decline during the third quarter. The category of Computer Scientists, Research maintained its upward trend of the last three quarters. Of the other 10 categories, eight showed a steady decline, and two were essentially flat. Of the latter two, Network and Computer Systems Administrators held steady, and Other Computer Specialists declined slightly.
Even so, “the resiliency of the IT job market in New York City is expected to continue through the next two to three quarters,” the report says.
In Westchester, of the 11 job categories, only Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts exhibited growth with a slight upturn near the end of the quarter.
Long view. “As the nation and the world adopt a ‘wait and see’ economic attitude, we at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems take the ‘long view’ of IT jobs,” said Constance A. Knapp, the Interim Dean. “This issue of the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report provides a context in which to understand the volatility of the labor market in the New York area in general and in the IT field specifically.
“As many IT professionals take stock of their careers at this crossroad, some might decide to sharpen their skills. The Seidenberg School is uniquely positioned to respond to the need for up-to-date education since we offer programs at the graduate level designed to meet the demands of today’s marketplace.”
The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII.
The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 102 years Pace University has produced “professionals who think” by providing high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu
SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

New Pace U. Report Shows Strong Information Technology Job Markets is Manhattan and Westchester

Information Technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County showed growth during the second quarter in seven of 11 commonly-used categories, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEW PACE U. REPORT SHOWS STRONG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKETS IN MANHATTAN AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Manhattan defies overall employment decline; 44% Westchester growth deemed ‘remarkably robust’

New York, NY – July 16, 2008 – Information Technology job openings in Manhattan and Westchester County showed growth during the second quarter in seven of 11 commonly-used categories, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today.

The growth was most pronounced in Westchester County, where the IT job market grew at a rate of 44 percent over the first quarter. The overall IT growth in Manhattan was one percent, still a contrast to employment declines in other sectors.

The PSII is a composite index that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in Manhattan and Westchester County in separate reports. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, the largest gain was for Computer Programmers, followed by Computer Support Specialists and Network Administrators. Among the few categories that lost ground in the second quarter were Software Engineers Applications followed by IT Managers. Demand for Other Specialists remained flat.

In Westchester, seven job categories showed improvement in the second quarter: IT Managers, Computer Scientists Research, Computer Programmers, Software Engineers Systems, Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, and Network and Data Analysts. The Software Engineers Applications market was one of three IT categories that declined, along with Network Administrators and Other Specialists.

“The market for Other Specialists runs counter to the rest of the IT job market,” said Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, a Pace University economist and co-investigator of the index. “These are the ‘general computer people.’ When the market shows improvement, businesses seem to hire more specialists. As a result, the sharp drop in demand for these generalists – which showed up in both the first and second quarters, may not be a bad sign for the overall industry.”

The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII .

The partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

For 102 years Pace University has provided high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

New Pace U. Report Shows Manhattan’s Information Technology Job Market Decline is Slowing

The market for IT jobs in Manhattan continued to decline in the first quarter, but at a much slower rate than in the last, according to the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today. Westchester County’s overall job market for IT professionals reversed itself, showing a significant upturn.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEW PACE U. REPORT SHOWS MANHATTAN’S INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET DECLINE IS SLOWING

Growth in Westchester County defies overall job market

New York, NY – April 9, 2008 – The market for IT jobs in Manhattan continued to decline in the first quarter, but at a much slower rate than in the last, according to the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Job Index Report (PSII), out today. Westchester County’s overall job market for IT professionals reversed itself, showing a significant upturn.

The PSII is a composite index that provides a quarterly snapshot of the IT job markets in Manhattan and Westchester County in separate reports. The indexes are based on 11 standard IT job categories defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, the behavior of the IT job market during the first quarter of 2008 exceeded expectations, and was contrary to that of the labor market as a whole. While the employment picture in New York City was declining, the IT employment market slowed its pattern of decline of the past three quarters and dropped by only 6 points. Of the 11 job categories, the largest gain was for IT Managers, followed by Software Engineers/ Systems, and Systems Analysts.

Defying the overall job market, IT employment in Westchester County showed significant growth in the first quarter of 2008 after a fourth quarter decline in 2007. Of the 11 job categories, five showed substantial increases, two remained flat and four declined.

The reports are available at www.pace.edu/PSII.

The partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

A private metropolitan university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in New York City, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com