Career Paths

Software Developers Feel Growing Power

Posted In Looking in Tech
Software Engineer
Software developers have a well-founded confidence in their ability to change the world, according to a survey by IT automation company Chef. And more than half foresee their careers as a path to becoming rich someday. More than two-thirds — 69 percent — of developers describe their profession as “recession-proof,” with opportunities not just at traditional tech companies, but across a range of industries. Indeed, the unemployment rate among all tech occupations fell to 2.7 percent in the first quarter,… continue…

Tech Consultants: Prepare to Get Paid (and Work Harder Than Ever)

Posted In Looking in Tech
2014-Q1 Tech Consulting Wages BLS FINAL
If you’ve ever wanted a job advising companies on their technology choices, now might be the perfect time to jump into the field: according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly salary for tech consultants hit $42.17 in February—an all-time high. Average pay for tech consultants has crept slowly upward over the past few years: In 2006, average hourly earnings tended to fluctuate around the $36-$37 range. A few years later,… continue…

Businesses Pressure CIOs for Profits

Posted In Living in Tech
Measure Profit
Up-and-coming IT professionals with their eyes on the CIO position might want to expand that vision a bit, at least if a new survey on how business units view IT staff is correct. Business executives are increasingly unhappy with the inability of both IT organizations and CIOs to lead the rest of the company in profitable new business opportunities and innovations, even as they still acknowledge the critical role that IT plays in keeping the business humming along efficiently, according… continue…

Big Data Spurs New Role: the Chief Data Officer

Posted In Data, Looking in Tech
Chief Data Executive
The C-suite is getting a new title on an office door: chief data officer. Inside sits the executive responsible for making enterprise data benefit the organization as an asset while assuring the quality of information being gathered and used. What this means to the existing IT infrastructure and the people who support it depends on how the position is created, what support staff is provided and who the CDO reports to. It also depends on how the CDO role is… continue…

IT Service Broker: A New Role for the Hybrid Cloud

Posted In Cloud, Looking in Tech
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The widening adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise is spurring the growth of a relatively new role in corporate IT: The service broker. In part, the need for these professionals is being driven by the growing use of hybrid cloud solutions. Gartner calls the melding of internal and external cloud services an “imperative.” “Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible,” the researcher says. Click here to find… continue…

How This Developer Landed at Yahoo

Posted In Looking in Tech
Dice News Hangouts
Carl Baltrunas is a senior iOS architect and developer who recently landed a job at Yahoo. After starting as a junior programmer, he’s worked as a systems programmer, systems manager and systems and network architect; started his own business; and consulted. How he arrived at Yahoo is a lesson in conducting a thoughtful, successful job search, which we explored in-depth when he joined us in a recent Google Hangout. Take a look. Related Stories Sowing the Seeds of Career Change… continue…

Why Demand for Interaction Designers is Rising

Posted In Looking in Tech, UI/UX
User Interface
For the uninitiated, interaction design is less a job than a type of architectural practice. It’s been around for quite a while, though often under different job titles. Think hypermedia designer, information architect, GUI designer, front-end engineer or user experience architect. While the titles have changed in relation to the environment, industry or task at hand, the practice has remained fundamentally the same. Interaction designers look at an organization’s overall needs, observe how users interact with products or concepts and… continue…

Why Infrastructure Companies Aren’t Cool Anymore

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The illustration says it best, saving at least a thousand words. It shows a middle-aged khaki-clad engineer talking with a hoodie and jeans 20-something colleague. “When will you make something that matters?” asks the elder. “When will you make something cool?” responds the youth. That sums up what The New York Times Magazine calls “Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem,” in which infrastructure companies can’t attract the best talent because young people want to be where the cool – and the money… continue…

How Tech Jobs Have Changed in 15 Years

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1997 Computer Job
A comparison of tech jobs in 1997 and 2012 shows an interesting evolution. Think about the jobs that didn’t exist way back when, or at least not by their current names: cloud architect, mobile application developer, social media specialist. As part of its effort to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web’s creation, the Pew Research Center has taken a stab at analyzing the Web’s impact on employment. Pew’s analysis shows that some categories, such as software developer,… continue…

Are There Jobs for ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence?’

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Entrepreneur
So you want to become an entrepreneur-in-residence? Know upfront that your chances aren’t very good. And if you wonder whether you have the necessary qualifications, you almost certainly don’t. Entrepreneurs-in-residence work in both business and academia. What they do can vary a great deal, yet all have one thing in common: They’ve been involved with at least one – and usually several – successful startups. At venture capital firms, where most EIRs reside, there’s no single job description. Indeed, “EIR”… continue…