Technology Is a Profession in Flux

 
 
 

If you can count on one thing when polling IT workers, it's contradiction, and IT staffing firm TEKsystems' "IT Professional Perspectives 2013" survey is no exception. Consider this: While the 2,400 IT professionals polled ranked good pay as the best thing about their profession, only 6 percent said it was the main reason they'd choose to work for their dream company. And there's more. Nearly 70 percent of those polled said that demand for their services would always outpace supply, yet 42 percent are worried about their long-term career prospects. The takeaway? Because technology changes so fast, no one knows exactly what the IT profession will look like down the line. One thing IT pros do seem to agree on, though, is the belief that they'll need to constantly expand and improve their non-IT business skills if they want to keep their career on track. They expect to steadily become more aligned with business functions, fueling the need for them to possess a more balanced array of business and IT skills. "Just as the technology landscape is evolving," says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems' market research manager, "so too are the skills required for IT professionals to have stable, rewarding careers."

Technology Is a Profession in Flux

69% of IT pros say that demand for their services will always outpace the supply.

Technology Is a Profession in Flux
 
 
Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having spent the dot-com boom and bust years in Silicon Valley, he's had a front-row seat for the evolution of the technologies that have been the foundation of IT-powered business—from the growth of client/server computing, through the birth of the commercial Internet, to the emergence of cloud computing and social media. He has been a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine since 2007, and he posts frequently on CIO Insight's BizTech 3.0 blog. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Tony spends his spare time relaxing with his wife, playing with his two sons, tinkering around his home in Albany, Calif., and, when time allows, playing saxophone and traveling. His somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
 
 
 

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