The collapse of Wall Street might help make computer science and IT careers attractive to students who abandoned these fields in droves after the pop of the last big bubble, the dot-com bust of 2001, Computerworld reports. John Gallaugher, associate professor of information systems in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, said he’s already seeing a shift in student interest. "Students have commented to me and written on their course wikis that they’re considering changing from finance [majors], both based on the appeal of [information sciences] and concern over availability of finance jobs" in the future, Gallaugher said. After the dot-com bust, computer science enrollments began declining, reaching a low of 8,021 last year from 14,185 in 2003-04, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA) in Washington. "Current economic conditions seem to impact the choice that students make in the majors they choose; that has been true for computer science," said Jay Vegso, a CRA analyst who studies computer science enrollment trends. "Students who are now choosing majors might be looking for safer alternatives," he said, and IT might be a safer alternative…

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