Thanks to the widespread adoption of technology for personal and professional use, workers in IT sectors have maintained relative job security through recent recessions. There is no such thing as complete job security, but whereas some job markets are oversaturated, certain IT sectors are actually having the opposite problem: a lack of qualified professionals. Cybersecurity, for example, is hurting for talent, and could be in an even bigger hole in years to come based on current trends in awareness.
Barring the high demand for cybersecurity professionals - which is by no means bad news for anyone looking for a way into the field - the IT job market remains stable, and even healthy, according to a new report by jobs website CareerCast.
Having the right credentials is key
Seven of the 12 top jobs listed in CareerCast's recent assessment of the IT and engineering job market are in IT. And while they vary in specialty, all of them likely require some degree of basic computer training that has been compounded by various certificates.
In the number two slot, data scientists are in high demand and can expect to remain so for years to come. This is the result of the massive quantities of data being generated by populations that are increasingly connected to a wide array of devices. In fact, the results of a recent survey conducted by SAP revealed that many workers in the financial sector are concerned about their inability to analyze big data. The majority of respondents said that they saw big data playing a key role in the future success of their organizations. If ever there were a good time for DB2 certification, or at least some basic DB2 training, it would be now.
"Basic computer training would be a good place to start
for an aspiring technical writer."
Software engineer made the number three slot of CareerCast's list, boasting a median annual salary of $93,350. And while competition is fierce for these positions, CareerCast points out that cloud computing training will go a long way in weeding out the winners. Computer systems administrators and network and computer systems administrators came in next, respectively at four and five. Variants of Citrix certification, Cisco certification or Microsoft training would all be valuable credentials for these positions. Likewise, corporate computer training and cloud computing training are clutch, as more enterprises and SMBs look to offload some of their data and network traffic into the cloud. For good measure - and to move almost any resume to the top of the slush pile - throw in network security certification. Network security training is gaining appeal among network professionals, according to a recent article in TechTarget. Other top-rating IT jobs included computer programmer - because as long as there are computers, there will be a need for programmers - and technical writers. The latter could truly stick out from the competition by being able to illustrate a thorough understanding of the current IT landscape. Basic computer training would be a good place to start for an aspiring technical writer.
Whether it's a multimillion dollar tech firm or a stable career,
certification can get you there.
The sky is the limit
If the goal is securing a well-paying job in the IT sector, then certification will certainly play a key role in making this happen; job security, comfort and success in a desired field are all rewards unto themselves. That said, there really is no limit to the types of achievements that begin with the most basic knowledge of computers. The sooner computer science majors and aspiring IT professionals begin earning the right credentials, the sooner they can take those next big steps into new horizons.