Get On The Bus

Regrets, They've Had A Few

IT employees are on the move.

Keeping technology workers happy may take more than free sodas and the occasional pay raise. According to a recent survey by Fairfax, Virginia's George Mason University and the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, a Herndon, Virginia, IT trade organization, more than 40 percent of college-educated IT workers polled would choose a different major if they had it to do all over again. The most popular choice? Liberal arts.

Fortunately for business owners, healthy salaries keep most IT workers from trading system bugs for Shakespeare's sonnets. But don't expect them to stick around for retirement: IT workers are twice as likely as the average employee to switch careers. But there's a way to keep your techies: Nearly 90 percent said they'd be more likely to stay with an employer who would pay for continuing education courses.

Contact Sources

Emjay Corp., 725 W. Glendale Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209, (414) 961-0650

Entrega Technologies Inc., (949) 859-8866, http://www.entrega.com

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get On The Bus.

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