The Future of IT Jobs: Critical Skills and Obsolescent Roles


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  • Published August 28, 2014
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IT professionals work in a field which is inherently susceptible to change. While bedrock concepts such as software development, administration of networks or operating systems and security requirements have been in place for decades, infrastructural evolution is a factor that has grown more prevalent in recent years. In the 1990's many system administrators got Novell CNE (Certified Novell Engineer) or Microsoft MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certifications and then dwelt fairly predictably within those realms. Now, however, mobile and cloud computing, the rise of big data and the importance of business continuity/disaster recovery have made today’s tech landscape a very different place from the almost quaint era of desktop client/server management and exclusively in-house systems.

This evolution had a significant impact upon information technology employment and the available career options therein. Many types of jobs can now be performed remotely (or overseas, provoking more global competition), physical systems are being replaced by virtualized editions and entire data centers are moving up to the cloud, endangering certain traditional roles – while also laying the groundwork for new opportunities.

It’s been said for years now that IT workers would benefit from stronger business knowledge in order to remain competitive. This factor is undoubtedly important as occupational lines are blurring – the system administrator parked in the server room fixing problems while avoiding human contact is being replaced by the technology and communications expert well-versed in training and project management, offering face-to-face solutions geared towards meeting company needs rather than establishing them.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that while business skills come in handy to establish relevance and prove one’s value, focusing on the right technologies is an even bigger part of the picture – it represents the foundation of the trade. Business skills are only useful when they are wedded to meaningful technology to capitalize upon them. Knowing which trends will take off, gain momentum and become common can future proof an IT career and ensure you stay on top of the game - and stay in demand.

This Tech Pro Research report, The Future of IT Jobs: Critical Skills and Obsolescent Roles, surveyed 1,156 global respondents and focuses on the answers to the following questions:
  • How are IT professionals responding to the current technology landscape?
  • How are they managing their careers?
  • What have they been working on?
  • Where should they branch out to stay competitive?
  • Where and why are they are expanding their technical and non-technical skill sets?
  • How are they learning and who is arranging that?
  • How are the new skill sets translating into hands-on work, and what percentage of their time is being allocated to these new areas?
  • What level of demand are they seeing for their skills sets at the organizations? What about in the overall job market?
  • What are recruiters and employers looking for in an IT professional?
  • What they expect to see down the road both personally and within their industries?
  • How are they planning to stay in IT, or are they moving (or being driven) into other fields or companies?

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