Contrary to popular belief, general IT work is becoming more and more difficult to come by. Unusually talented IT specialists will always find jobs, but the typical employer already has a full IT department and is not looking for fresh faces. Students who are considering working in computer related fields should skip the standard networking degrees and focus on degrees that are more cutting edge. Technological advances are moving so quickly right now that by the time you finish a two year degree the computer world will have moved forward substantially. Try to find a course of study that projects itself into future computer needs rather than one that prepares you for jobs that are already well established.
Wages Indicate IT Market Overloaded
One of the best ways to keep track of the availability of jobs in a certain sector is to watch the pattern of wages being offered. If the wages are rising, the need for workers in that field is increasing. If the wages are stagnant or dropping, the market has more workers than it can bear in that particular area. Between 2000 and 2005, IT wages held relatively steady. In some regions, the wages began to drop perceptibly. This downward trend indicates that finding work in an average IT job would be difficult for a recent graduate with little experience.
IT Work Highly Mobile
Another recent problem with IT work is that employers have begun looking for ways to cut their computer networking costs. Many companies have outsourced a great deal of their IT work to foreign countries where there are plenty of IT professionals who will work for a fraction of the wages expected in the United States. The shrinking number of IT jobs has tightened the availability of IT work. College recruitment programs from three to five years ago were pushing IT programs strongly, so the number of graduates is growing while the number of jobs is decreasing.
Students Should Consider Emerging Tech Fields
Advancements in technology have begun to shift the way American companies use computers. Students who are interested in IT related fields could find more work available in jobs that are not as well defined. Cloud computing, cell phone and tablet application writing, virtualization, and e-commerce are all high tech fields that are growing exponentially. IT specialists who are well versed in internet marketing and social media are also hot prospects on the job market right now. With some creative thinking and careful attention to growing technology trends, a student could graduate from one of these programs in time to be on the forefront of the field.
Jessica Bosari writes for technology-colleges.info, a site dedicated to helping students find the right schools for computer information systems careers and other important computer science jobs.
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