Soon IT Will Offer Just Three Kinds of Jobs

It’s career realignment time… again. As Jason Hiner writes in TechRepublic, “Most IT departments are a shadow of their former selves.” They’ll get even more shadowy as new technologies reshape the roles of everyone who’s still left in the data center. So, Hiner wonders, where will the IT jobs of the future be? He sees them being in just three categories:

Consultants

We’re going to see most of traditional IT administration and support functions outsourced to third-party consultants. This includes a wide range from huge multinational consultancies to the one person consultancy who serves as the rented IT department for local SMBs. Many of the IT administrators and support professionals who currently work directly for corporations will transition to working for big vendors or consultancies in the future.

Project Managers

Most of the IT workers that survive and remain as employees in traditional companies will be project managers. They will not be part of a centralized IT department, but will be spread out in the various business units and departments. These project managers will also serve as the company’s point of contact with technology vendors and consultants. If you look closely, you can already see a lot of current IT managers morphing in this direction.

Developers

By far, the area where the largest number of IT jobs is going to move is into developer, programmer, and coder jobs. While IT used to be about managing and deploying hardware and software, it’s going to increasingly be about Web-based applications that will be expected to work smoothly, be self-evident, and require very little training or intervention from tech support.

Do you agree, and do you already fall into one of these three categories? If so, you may have a head start as the rest of us scramble to climb aboard one of these lifeboats.

Source: TechRepublic

Comments

  1. BY Mike says:

    I am confused.

    If “IT used to be about managing and deploying hardware and software” that strikes me as a rather narrow definition of IT. Any IT group I ever worked in did much more than that limited scope of work.

    Any software that I deployed and managed (unless it was a patch, etc. to the operating system)was written by me; either as an individual or part of a team that I might, or might not, have managed. I designed it, wrote it, tested it, deployed it, maintained it. So, I guess that makes me a developer. Considering that I managed teams, that makes me a Project Manager as well.

    Additionally, for more than 20 years I’ve been hearing about how this-that-or-the-other thing was going to eliminate the need for training or intervention from tech support. It has not happened yet, I suspect it won’t; at least not in the years I have remaining.

  2. BY Hmm says:

    What about a Developer Consultant? I see a lot of those.

  3. BY ITman says:

    First, your view of IT as the equivalent of the accounting department is factually wrong; conceptually & factually IT is akin to product development in that it is becoming a competitive advantage and a fundamental business logistic. Can a bank survive one day without IT? Not really. Take IT out and the successful government of the state of Virginia becomes as badly governed as the rest of the sorry Southern states. Virginia has a massive IT infrastructure run by a large number of full-timers, mostly networking professionals. And how are profits obtained in Wall Street these days? By using fractions of seconds (time differentials) to squeeze minute % of profit (arbitrage). And how is this magic accomplished: by employing full-time IT staff with cutting-edge networking skills. Yes, lots of developers too but the infrastructure is where the magic lies. Plenty-plenty full-time jobs.

    Developer jobs? Really? And of all apps creating web-based apps? Where have you been in the past 10 years? There’s a country called India, you know! Only vastly-subsidized universities would speak of these ghost developer jobs as they over-sell their so-called computer science degrees (really a 4-year C++ boot camp that costs $200,000 all inclusive – meaning 4 years of tuition, living expenses and lost wages as a high school grad). Worse, these grads still have to be trained on actual Java or .NET only to compete with equally competent Indian grads demanding $300 – $1,200 a month: what a royal waste! Please don’t fool US students into going in a dead-end direction. Recently, a small US college built a functioning data-intensive & visually engaging website for $3,000 using Indian coders. And with all the going back/forth it took only 3 weeks. A group of US developers cannot possibly live on $3,000. The lowest US bid was $16k for a “prototype” and $80K to build it within 7 months. Forget coding, it’s going, going, gone.

    Of course, I’m not speaking of the truly “gifted” coders who can “create” or improve kernels & microcode and such high-end stuff. Alas, these are the lucky few for whose talent there will always be a market, albeit a small niche. Note, most of these gifted coders are self-taught.

    I see full-time networking jobs and plenty of those. From virtualization to clouds and from VOIP/wireless telecomm to storage and security. Storage (think healthcare information & privacy concerns). Or take a look at the federal budget and you see a lot of IT funding, mostly networking stuff. BTW, behave yourself, stay out of trouble and be “clearable” as in likely to obtain a security clearance from uncle Sam.

    I agree though on the rise of the infestation known as project management (really glorified contract/bid managers). Real-life IT projects are realized by thousands of Linux & Windows sys admins, a few developer-designers and a vast army of ghastly underpaid Indian coders. Project managers with their airhead PMPs and CISSPs are usually busy asking questions using convoluted English as that ever was a substitute for objective/actionable knowledge. Just take a read of their bible, the PMBOK, or try to decipher ITIL from PRINC2 from SCRUM or the long-running fraud called Six Sigma. At best they childishly state the obvious but it’s mostly pure mumbo jumbo befitting a French philosophy department in a disconnect college than has anything to do with executing a TCP/IP project. BTW, that US bid for the small college website I mentioned above had 2 coders and 4 project managers. So, you do have a point about the bloat in project management jobs.

    Oh, and may god bless the “millions” working full-time jobs in helpdesks throughout the US. And may Allah forgive their abusers (oops — users).

    Joy to all.

    • BY Mike says:

      Six Sigma a long running fraud? Surely not !!!

    • BY R. Emmett O'Ryan says:

      While I agree and empathize with the majority of your points, I would recommend that you keep the state of Virginia out of the discussion. Considering the outage of their cloud infrastructure last summer, the severe and widespread data corruption, this was not a shinning moment.

  4. BY Randy K says:

    I’m falling into all three right now…as a consulting developer leading projects.

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