There’s no sugarcoating it — today’s job market is tough. However, as technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives, the demand for IT professionals who can keep things running smoothly and secure is increasing.
“We need more skilled people who can do things now,” said CBT Nuggets trainer Shawn Powers. “Programming, networking, servers, you name it. If you know how to do and do it well, the employment opportunities are vast.”
That’s why Shawn and other CBT Nuggets trainers agree that there’s never been a better time to enter IT.
“Everyone lives and breathes technology,” said trainer Jeremy Cioara. “In a way it’s awesome, in another way it’s scary.”
And in what areas of IT do CBT Nuggets trainers expect the most growth and demand for skilled workers? It varies from trainer to trainer, even though several emphasized security, which makes perfect sense. Nobody likes being hacked.
Jim Anthony said that he thinks mobile technology, specifically mobile applications, will see a lot of demand, while Anthony Sequeira added data centers into the mix. Meanwhile, much to his chagrin, Jeremy suggested computer programming.
(Quick backstory: Jeremy tried computer programming when he was in college, and this may surprise you, but he said that he was terrible at it — even going as far to say that the experience was “dismal.”)
“As much as I hate to say it, computer programming,” Jeremy said, laughing. “That’s the skill with everything moving toward cloud. That’s going to be huge.”
That said, all four trainers said that before you plunge head first in the world of IT, you should have a good idea of a specific focus area, because it could save you time and money.
Most of all, they said to find an area that you are passionate about, otherwise you won’t be as motivated to keep learning new skills and keep up to date. Plus, it will cease to be fun.
Shawn said he doesn’t expect the demand for IT professionals to taper off anytime soon, as more and more companies and organizations turn to technology to address and meet their needs.
“I can’t see a future where IT doesn’t play a huge role,” he said. “I think we will see it it part of more things. It’s already a big part of the medical field. IT won’t be thought of some narrow field, it’ll get broader and broader.”
Bottom line: Searching for a career path or thinking about switching things up? IT might be the way to go!