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Are social media and mobile app jobs just fads?

Are social media and mobile app jobs fads or legitimate fields to get into?

CIO.com recently ran a piece about the six hottest new jobs in IT.  The list was:

1. Business architect--helps merge technology and business processes

2. Data scientist--opens up new opportunities by uncovering hidden patterns in unstructured data, such as customer behavior or market cycles.

3. Social media architect--helps companies maneuver the complexity of social business apps

4. Mobile technology expert--builds mobile apps, architects mobile strategies, and secures those devices

5. Enterprise mobile developer--makes sense of mobile data, develop apps, and ensure security compliance

6. Cloud architect-- leads the charge to deliver on the increased efficiency and agility promised by the private cloud.

What I thought was pretty interesting was one comment from a reader who took issue with these top six jobs. He says:

Mostly powered by the social, at-home and play crowd, some genius wanted to validate these Internet portal toys (tablets, smart phones, etc) to work, and are trying everything to keep this nonsense going, even leaning towards having network appliances tweet you when they begin to have issues now. This social engineering is such a load of garbage, when the fad wears off, many will wake up with their SE hangovers and their expensive Internet portal toys gathering dust alongside their treadmills, stationary bikes, and other faddish nonsense that seemed (at the time) like the next wave of where everyone needed to go.

So what do you think? Are most of these types of job just some temporary fad or do you think this guy just might be a disgruntled IT pro who doesn't want to go with the flow?

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

6 comments
dmillard
dmillard

As with everything, I think social media and mobile apps have their place. The problem with a lot of these technologies is that as momentum grows, people continue to push the boundary of what you can do outwards, and eventually the house of cards collapses. Then it starts to build again, albeit more cautiously. You can look back to the .com bubble to see the same phenomenon. Do we need appliances that tweet? maybe, maybe not. Banks that tweet you if there are large transactions on your account? Probably smart and here to stay until something better comes along. So while there is still room to grow, those employment spaces will shrink eventually. As an IT professional however, you always have to keep learning or you get left behind.

ShaggySheld
ShaggySheld

Are you quite mad??? As if I want all and sundry to know what goes on in my bank account and saved for eternity by google! Plus, with all the tweet hacking going on, I seriously don't want banking to go anywhere NEAR the social route. Send me a text or call me is all that I want them to do. People seem to forget where the boundaries are on these 'social' applications. I use facebook, twitter a lot in my other work. I know the boundaries and as a tool for the work I do, they are very effective. But please... Leave the financial institutions out of this.

lastnitescurry
lastnitescurry

>>Banks that tweet you if there are large transactions on your account? Why a tweet, why not a SMS? And send one also when there is not enough money in account to cover direct debits, like my morgage payment!

BrendanS89
BrendanS89

Very true about the banks. I'm seeing twitter feeds coming up on most TV shows now which is just getting ridiculous. Sometimes it really is just a bit too unneccessary

lishchuk
lishchuk

+1 SMS is the best because it always with you. Even good-old email would serve the same as tweets. The froth of the social media will dry eventually. This is true bubble.

paulg8753@yahoo.com
paulg8753@yahoo.com

This social networking nonsense is out of control. A SMS text or email accomplishes this kind of need much more safely, and cuts out the cute "latest fad" that everyone says "we gotta do!". My Motto is: Just because technology allows us to do something, does not mean we need to do it!