The importance of technology in building better products and services, improving communication and processes, and making smart business decisions cannot be underestimated. It is no surprise, then, that Computerworld’s 2013 Forecast survey reports 33 percent of IT executives will increase hiring. Companies often seek specific employee skill sets to match the technology demands that drive business.
Though learning is a continuous process in the computer/IT field and professionals must keep up with new advances in technology to stay relevant in the market, it can be helpful to find out what goes into being a computer/IT professional and assess beforehand if you have what it takes to build a career in this fast paced industry.
Here’s a look at the various technical skills that may be in demand among the various disciplines that fall under the broad category of computer and information technology (IT) jobs:
Companies are on a constant lookout for newer, more efficient technologies to drive their businesses. If you are passionate about technology and are always on the lookout to learn lot of new information and can do so quickly, this field could be for you. Computer/IT professionals’ salaries can be quite competitive, as companies may be willing to pay well for innovative, cost-saving systems and processes. Further, the world of computer/IT has several branches ranging from engineering, designing, programming to data management, networking and administration of systems. Students can identify their specific area of interest at the college level itself.
On the flip side, new technologies emerge at a rate faster than what many students and professionals can keep up with. Many jobs require a highly specific knowledge base of operating systems, programming languages and databases, and it can get difficult to switch between jobs. Most work is project-based, and there could be pressure to work under stringent deadlines.
It best advised to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a computer/IT career, research the skills sets currently in demand for the industry vis-à-vis your own inherent study/career interests to make an informed choice.