Some scary statistics from Foote Partners about non-IT employment:
Another note from David Foote: “While jobs were expanding in the Technical Services industries over this period, they were declining in the two Information Industry tech segments, Telecommunications and Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services, which together recorded net job losses of 42,900 and 21,800 in the last twelve and six months respectively.”
The trend away from these declining IT employment segments and toward the jobs Foote lumps together as “Management and Technical Consulting Services and Computer Systems Design and Related Services” has been going on for several years. In previous conversations with David Foote, he’s told me this is because there are fewer people with IT job titles out there, not fewer IT people. What he’s said repeatedly is that we’re seeing the growth of what he calls “hybrid IT-business professionals.”
The hybrids, a group Foote says are almost impossible to track, might be accountants who have strong IT knowledge and experience or engineers who do at least as much programming as engineering.
What Foote hasn’t quite said directly here is that if you are an IT professional and want to keep working with computers, but want to increase your chances of moving up the IT employment ladder, you should learn about something besides IT that you might enjoy doing while still working at least partly in IT.
And with the way IT has become ubiquitous in today’s world, that additional field could be almost anything from classroom teaching to mechanical engineering to medicine. With your IT skills as a base, you have an amazing array of possibilities open to you — as long as you’re willing to seek them out and pursue them.]]>
None of this bodes well for job-seekers in general. But for IT job-seekers, and currently-employed IT workers who want to change jobs, the job market looks pretty good despite the economy’s overall poor condition.
On October 7, we received an email from Foote that said:
Note that David Foote talks about “hybrid IT-business professionals.”
At the same time, we read about “hybrid IT.” Does this mean that, if you are serious about climbing the IT ladder in the career sense of gaining promotions or moving from your current employer to one that offers you a better position, you want to become a hybrid hybrid expert?
That sounds funny, but it makes sense when you think of it. Employers are looking for hybrid business managers/IT people with both cloud and local computing knowledge.
Chances are, you are skilled in at least two of these four areas, and probably three of them if you have even a few years of IT-oriented work experience. This means that some self-study, and maybe an evening or online class or two can help you learn what little you need to present yourself as a fully modern hybrid-hybrid IT person.
And as my old friend Ray Shaw points out, “The demand for security people who know what they’re doing is definitely endless. Outstrips the supply, anyway.”
Keep working, keep learning, and don’t let friends who are in less gung-ho employment fields (like, say, journalism) get you down. Overall, things are pretty good in the IT… I mean Business Technology… sector.]]>