The IT industry was voted second behind the legal profession when judged on career prospects in a survey of more than 1,000 teenagers commissioned by the government's Foundation De-grees.
IT was also voted as one of the top three sectors for those young people who dream of becoming the boss, but 68% of UK teens did not feel they had an adequate understanding of the range of jobs available in the IT industry.
The survey also found that the IT profession has an image problem among young women, where 21% of female respondents said IT was a male-dominated field.
On a more positive note, the IT industry was judged the second most "aspirational" sector to work in by teenagers. Nearly 90% said they were prepared to work long hours to advance their careers and 58% said they would not be deterred by extra study.
A spokesman for Foundation Degrees said, "Employers need to let young people know that the door is open to them."
This was first published in April 2004