IT Career Prospects and Opportunities
Information Technology’s impact is immense. We often ask about training, certification and other forms of education, but where are the prospects? What is the opportunity market like? IT creates opportunity – but it’s always about interest and passion not wrong-headed popularity contests.
In making your decisions you should know the nature of the different areas and what it takes to succeed. When you identify your natural fit it’s easier to motivate yourself to excel. Here are areas of high demand that you might want to consider:
Computer Engineering / Technical Support – covers the research, design, development, installation, support and test of computer or computer-related equipment. Hardware includes computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, printers and UPS. Design is responsible for innovations and products in Hardware technology, while tech support provides repairs, troubleshooting and maintenance expertise in the work environment.Software Programming / Application Development – includes the design, development, testing, maintenance and evaluation of the software and systems that make computers work – involves gathering requirements, coding, testing and the use of programming languages. Programming languages including VB.NET, C++, C# and Java can be utilized to create and support software products based on market needs, and or user requirements.
Networking – involves the design, support and installation of Network equipment, Network media, cable and wireless, Internet, Intranet, networks, Network Software, Network security. It involves setting up, troubleshooting and managing Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) as well as internetworking activities. Areas of growing interest in the networking sphere include wireless and mobile computing, Network security and availability.
Research and Development / Academics – is about scientific and technological study and investigations that contribute to knowledge for the benefit of society. Research in IT keeps expanding and is considered the backbone of innovation. R&D is a major player in the mass production of scarce drugs, finding cures for diseases, new Telecommunications solutions, business optimization, creativity in entertainment, Oil, Sports, etc..
Database Development and Administration – Designing, planning, organizing, setup of Database using database management systems software. Expert database expertise give organizations the ability to exploit and benefit from massive data resources in an efficient and effective manner for record keeping, operations, decision making and planning. Database products with widespread deployment all over the world include Oracle, Microsoft’s SQL Server, IBM’s DB2 and MySQL.
Telecommunication Engineering – covers the design, implementation and management of telecommunications equipment, software and systems to meet (voice, wireless and data) needs. Telecom engineering includes many different but often interconnected areas – Cable (Copper, Fibre optics), telephony, GSM, Satellite, Radio, etc. As a result the nature of work and requirements varies extensively, e.g. design of cell phones, VSAT installation, telephony installations, radio troubleshooting, etc.
Web Design and Development – involves creating, designing, and supporting websites and web programs. Web development work usually includes aesthetics, interactivity, impressive and relevant content, functionality, graphic design, convenient navigation and search features. HTML, Flash, Dreamweaver and PHP/MySQL are well known web design and development tools. Testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, programming/scripting, database design and integration are key areas of interest.
Step into your area of Purpose!
As you can see there is room for those with purpose and interest. Of course, technology is constantly expanding, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what is possible in IT. But I hope this has given you a better idea of your options.
Use this information and other reliable sources to choose wisely and step strongly into your area of purpose. The choices you make can be long lasting and life changing.
All the best in your IT Career!