Press Release 09 Mar 2012 Friday, 9th March 2012 - IDA Ireland today welcomed early indications that students and parents are increasingly opting to study science and technology courses at third level, as demand for graduates in these areas continues to grow. Earlier this year IDA Ireland called on students and their parents to reflect upon the varied employment opportunities now available in ICT, social media, games development and programming. Early data released by the Central Applications Office (CAO) indicates that demand for computer science courses in particular is buoyant, with a range of science courses also attracting strong interest from applicants. While students can change their mind later in the CAO process, these early indications suggest that students and their parents are increasingly becoming aware of opportunities at Ireland’s hi-tech companies, many of whom have located here in recent years. Commenting today, IDA Ireland’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Emmet Oliver said: "It is gratifying to see students, with input from their parents, identifying technology as an industry they would like to work in long term. IDA Ireland has brought many of the biggest names in ICT and social media to Ireland in recent years and we are aware that many of these companies have vacancies at present or plan to expand further over the next five years. Students are also clearly recognising this trend and are opting for courses that will allow them to exploit these opportunities later on. Despite this early shift in thinking, more work needs to be done to inform Ireland’s students (and their parents) of the opportunities present in the industry’’, he concluded.