SRU professor provides input about job market trends


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Slippery Rock University graduates with degrees in majors such as information systems are in demand from employers who are increasingly needing to manage data and process information, according to an SRU professor featured by Zippia, a career resource company.

Oct. 20, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The job market awaiting aspiring college graduates leads to many questions for those embarking on a career during a global pandemic and economic uncertainty. Zippia, a career-building resource company, recently consulted with a Slippery Rock University professor for answers and published them on the Zippia website.

Abdou Karim Jallow, an SRU associate professor of health care administration and information systems, was one of four professors from computer and information science disciplines who contributed as expert panelists for an article about job market trends facing new college graduates.



Jallow addressed the transformation of the job market, as well as society as a whole, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Many graduates will find themselves having to search for jobs virtually and having to start working remotely from the beginning in most cases and in most industries," Jallow said. "What would have been a new beginning, along with the excitement of stepping through the doors of the new office and career, will not be there physically."

Jallow noted that graduates with degrees in information sciences or information systems and related degrees will have an advantage when it comes to finding jobs because their skills are in demand from large, multinational companies that are not just offering jobs based in technology hubs such as Silicon Valley.

"The advantage of this degree is that graduates not only can work for tech companies but any company because of the need to manage data, information, process and technology," Jallow said. "Companies all over have or are putting together strategies to harness the potential of big data, and graduates with information sciences, information systems and related degrees are sought after continuously."

Jallow went on the describe how he thinks technology will impact these information systems professionals in the next five years.

Before arriving at SRU, Jallow was a faculty member and program coordinator of the Information Sciences and Technology Program at Penn State University New Kensington. He has been on faculty at Smeal College of Business at Penn State and Rowan University's Rohrer College of Business.

Jallow received a doctoral degree from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, and master's and bachelor's degrees from UK-based Cranfield University.

Read the entire article on the Zippia website. More information about health care administration and information systems programs at SRU are available on the department's webpage.

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