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Oct 9 2009   2:43PM GMT

Where the IT Jobs Might Just Be

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I just finished flipping through an online slide deck at Baseline Magazine. It’s entitled Where the IT Jobs Are Now and I’m happy to see that it validates several areas of activity that I’ve already touched on in other blogs of my own here. Here’s a summary of the points from this sketchy but thought-provoking presentation, slide-by-slide (titles are reproduced verbatim and explanatory text is paraphrased):

  • Data Management, including business intelligence, data mining, and data warehousing
  • Security, driven by an upsurge in online business and a concomitant need to protect against vulnerabilities and exposures
  • IT sourcing and vendor relationship management, which I see as a natural business extension to the growing migration to cloud computing and virtualization technologies
  • Networking and wireless, as wireless networks continue to proliferate in public spaces and private organizations
  • Web development, also a side-effect of the upsurge in online business, but also a result of increasing efforts to support and interact with prospects, customers, and partners online first and foremost
  • Quality management, fueled by increasing adoption of standards based quality and organizational management regimes (ITIL, CMM, Lean, Six Sigma, and so forth)
  • Education, because as employment goes down “back to school” always goes up (and the current cohort of college age is also bigger than in the 90s and early part of this decade)
  • Healthcare, as one of the continuing sources of growth and expansion even in this down economy; for IT this touches especially on help desk and electronic medical records creation and management
  • Energy, with ongoing investments in both traditional and alternative energy sources and programs; these days managing energy is all about acquiring and managing data — LOTS of data
  • The Feds (Federal Government) are still hiring like mad what with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus federal stimulus dollars for programs all over the technical and IT landscapes

Those looking for IT work who are considering venturing out of their comfort zones in the interest of finding gainful employment, might be able to glean a target or two from this list. And then, very probably, some of you will head back to school to bone up on the subject matter, adding further impetus to the item on Education!

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