Job Security Is High in IT, Especially in Big Data

Job Security Is High in IT, Especially in Big Data

Job Security Is High in IT, Especially in Big Data

Gainfully Employed  Unemployment for tech pros is at 3.6%, far lower than the nation's 7.6% rate.

The unemployment rate for technology professionals is significantly lower than that of U.S. workers overall, according to recent research from Dice.com, a career site for technology and engineering professionals. And if you specialize in IT network oversight, the numbers are even better. In fact, network pros have few excuses for not having a job. The Dice research also sheds light on a number of other interesting technology employment trends, including the wealth of contract-based opportunities, "hot" hiring regions and the best places to get hired for a big data position. The big data arena represents a particularly intriguing IT niche—one that promises to continue growing in demand as organizations seek to make better use of their wealth of information. McKinsey & Co. reported that by 2018, the United States could face a shortfall of up to 190,000 people with deep analytical talent, as well as 1.5 million who are capable of analyzing data in ways that can enable business decisions. Therefore, if you're looking for a new technology career path to pursue, big data is clearly worth checking out.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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