The information technology industry has expanded with the growth of innovative products and a need for improved cybersecurity. Employment has improved greatly, and there are a new variety of jobs in the field to choose from.
New jobs that need more training
According to a Janco Associates analysis, more than 130,000 new IT jobs were created in the past year, and the job market is at it's best since 2000 for IT professionals.
"Computer science and IT professionals is a very strong job markets as 14,500 jobs were added last month versus 10,200 in December," M.V. Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates Inc., said. "In the last 12 months 131,800 jobs were added, which is a really good sign especially compared with last year [at] this time when only 75,500 jobs were added through the same period. In our professional opinion, the recovery is well under way for IT [professionals]."
However, many CIOs are still having trouble filling positions, as many candidates don't have enough experience to warrant their hires. More IT professionals are encouraged to take on SQL training and acquire Sharepoint certifications to be qualified. Health IT Outcomes noted that there is particularly a shortage of IT workers who have experience with cloud applications and mobile computing, both of which have become huge aspects of many businesses.
However, there is good news – Janulaitis told Health IT Outcomes that salaries for IT professionals have increased by 2.4 percent.
Positions to choose from
The growing IT industry has provided aspiring IT workers a variety of positions to choose from in the field. Here are just a few:
1. Information systems manager: According to the Democrat and Chronicle, this position has helped companies adapt to a corporate world that now has to face inevitable cyberattacks.
"Compared to five years ago, the threat landscape that businesses are in is far more hostile," Aldwin Maloto, an information systems manager, told the Democrat and Chronicle. "These are very formidable opponents to go against. It challenges, me, but also fascinates me a lot."
Information systems managers – or IT managers for short – coordinate all technology processes within an organization. Their purpose is to determine how IT goals will be accomplished and what kind of computer systems are necessary to achieve those aspirations.
2. Chief digital officer: This role continuously evolves and may have different goals and purposes depending on the type of company, according to The Csuite.
This is because the chief digital officer has to know the ins and outs of a business to entice potential customers through technology innovation, and the way that can be done is typically customized to the industry.
The position is certainly challenging, but allows the professional to be creative. It involves heavy research into the current business world and how IT is evolving in terms of culture and customer experience.
3. Data scientist: Mashable highlighted the data scientist as an up-and-coming position in the IT industry. The data scientist's purpose is to make money from the data they take in through a company's actions. Therefore, the individual must be versed in statistics and programming tools as well as SQL training.
The source called those in the position the "most expensive and coveted professionals around today," as the corporate world has begun to see data analysis as a necessity to determine their goals.
Not unlike a chief digital officer, this position requires creativity and deep analytical thinking, according to Mashable. Data scientists have to face issues within the organization and make lasting solutions with the data they have available.
These positions take initiative and training to be qualified for, but aspiring IT professionals have the ability to be creative and innovative in any of them. They can have a career they enjoy while developing amazing programs for the business world – and that's what being in IT is all about.