Top five career and training hurdles facing information technology professionals


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This 56 page Special Report is a comprehensive analysis of the IT industry today, concentrating on the job market for IT Professionals and Certification. The report takes a look at the IT landscape to provide an overview of IT careers, IT job security and the profound benefits of working in the IT field and obtaining certifications.

How do you go about getting IT job security? What certifications should you take to match the career you want? What training methods are available to help you pass the certification exams? This presentation answers these questions as well as others on the topics of IT careers, training and costs. Other covered items include:

What IT skills are in demand today
Why having an IT career strategy is so important
Certification mistakes to avoid
Skills & salary reports & pay scales
Why it is so important to have an IT training mentor & what they can do for you

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Top five career and training hurdles facing information technology professionals

  1. 1. The Top Five Career & Training Hurdles Facing IT Professionals TodayHow time, education and quickly changing trends can place pressure on career and lifestyle decisions © Copyright – 2011 1
  2. 2. Why did CIT commission a study?• Because of today’s competitive marketplace, many IT professionals are confused – and rightfully so!• CIT hired an independent research company to study what is happening in today’s competitive IT industry, what the current job trends are, what skills are required, and what certifications and training are necessary to give each IT pro a successful and rewarding career.• The results of this study are very eye-opening and we are pleased to share it with you. © Copyright – 2011 2
  3. 3. Investigating Trends © Copyright – 2011 3
  4. 4. IT – the wave of the future• Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of the way we live, work and play, so it should not come as a surprise that IT is one of the fastest growing career fields, and will continue to be for many years to come• Contributing trends & factors for IT development include:1. The explosive growth of the Internet and e-commerce2. Lower hardware and software prices allowing more companies to implement and upgrade their technology3. Increased demand for information security personnel due to the increased severity and sophistication of cyber-threats4. The advent of smarter applications enabling companies to analyze data and develop business intelligence5. The dawn of the mobile computing era © Copyright – 2011 4
  5. 5. Adding jobs at the speed of light• IT jobs comprise 5 of the 30 fastest growing careers• Network System and Data Communications Analyst is the #1 fastest growing occupation in all categories at a 53.4% growth rate• The top 5 IT careers will add 645,000 jobs by 2016 Source: U.S. Dept of Labor, 2011 © Copyright – 2011 5
  6. 6. Why IT jobs are so desirable Rewarding Job abundance & High security Earnings Challenging © Copyright – 2011 6
  7. 7. IT – still a competitive field• For existing IT professionals or those contemplating an IT career, the explosion of IT continues to be good news• However, despite rapid growth and opportunity, simply showing up will not guarantee success• The technology marketplace will continue to get more competitive as people go where the money is• That is why it is important to clearly identify your career objectives, and develop a learning plan with the necessary skills, degrees, and certifications to achieve your goals © Copyright – 2011 7
  8. 8. There’s a definite shortage ofqualified tech professionals• The competition for technology talent continues to escalate, despite a surge in hiring that has pushed the tech unemployment rate below 4%• According to nearly 900 hiring managers and recruiters that source, recruit and hire IT professionals, 65% anticipate hiring more technology professionals in the second half of 2011than the preceding six months• However, the growth has reached a level where positions are staying open for months due to a shortage of qualified technology professionals• Of those respondents who report the time to fill a position is lengthening, 63% attribute talent shortages as the primary reason Source: June 2011 DICE Report © Copyright – 2011 8
  9. 9. Who will they be hiring?• “Most of the IT people who were laid off over the past two years were managers with no current technical skills, including line managers, project managers and business analysts,” says David Marceau, vice president at Ridgefield One, a Connecticut IT staffing agency• “Their responsibilities were then dumped on the techies, who were forced to wear multiple hats, often for the same or even lower pay.”• “Companies will need to hire network engineers, developers and support-desk personnel to help install replacements for slow or obsolete systems, servers and networks”, says Tammy Browning, senior vice president at Yoh, a Philadelphia-based staffing firm Source: DeZube, Dona, 2011 IT Employment Outlook, Monster Finance Careers Expert , 2011 © Copyright – 2011 9
  10. 10. Security & healthcare – huge demandfor IT professionals• The volume, seriousness and sophistication of security threats aimed at public and private organizations will continue to expand in 2011, making security a hot sector for IT employment• The federal government’s new Cyber Security Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, will create an IT hiring hot spot in 2011, but companies of all sizes and in every location will need security professionals with the skills to keep their data protected• The healthcare business, which wasn’t hit nearly as hard by the recession as other industries, will also be a source of IT jobs in 2011 as practices migrate to electronic medical records• There’s going to be a need for people with skills and knowledge in both IT security and healthcare Source: IT jobs outlook modest for 2011, Patrick Thibodeau, ComputerWorld, December 8, 2010 © Copyright – 2011 10
  11. 11. IT professionals…if you’d Complete IT Training can helplike to read the entire 56 you with yourpage report, please click career, certifications decisionshere and we’ll send it to and more! Check them out at:you. www.completeittraining. com Click Here © Copyright – 2011 11