It seems that every year the number of job opportunities in the IT sector increases as more companies and organizations in both the private sector and government adopt services such as Software as a Solution (SaaS), Web 2.0, social networking, telepresence, radio-frequency identification (RFID), Electronic Common Technical Documents, (eCTD), and cloud technologies.
In general, there is a focus on enterprise technologies and a significant portion of the IT job market relate to Applications, Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), and database related positions. These are skill jobs that are found in both the private sector and within city, state, and federal government organizations and agencies.
Applications is a vibrant job market, particularly in the mobile sector. The demand for smart device apps, from iPhones to notebook PCs to tablets, is at an all-time high. Each carrier, and many handset manufacturers, have stores filled with applications that generate billions of dollars of revenue every years. According to the technology research firm Gartner, global revenue for apps could exceed $15 billion in 2011.
While there are plenty of get-rich-quick stories of some guy building an app in his garage to become the next instant millionaire, the reality is a little less fanciful. While app developers can make well into six figures, it’s a specialty that requires serious programming capabilities and a top notch IT skill set because the competition is fierce. On the other hand, talented app developers can look forward to significant growth potential.
Every year, the amount of data collected grows exponentially. There is so much data coming in that for many companies it ends up being the equivalent of white noise. Sifting through the data to find useful trends and insights is becoming an increasingly sought after skill. Data modelers are hired by firms or government agencies to process and analyze data and distill it down into useful nuggets. Data architects interpret how data being received interconnects. And positions in data warehousing develops way to efficiently store and archive all wealth of data collected.
ou would be hard-pressed to find a company, or even mom and pop business, that does not rely in some capacity on computers. The local area networks—computers and devices connected to one another—of most small to medium enterprises are essential for conducting daily business. Similarly, wide area networks, typically used by municipalities or large corporations, are vital now to many infrastructures. So installation, maintenance, and repair of LAN/WAN computer networks is a fertile employment field.