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New Opportunities Arising for IT Job Seekers

New Opportunities Arising for IT Job Seekers

As information technology evolves and changes, so do the employment opportunities within the field. Innovation is the major engine driving these shifts that have reshuffled the forecast for IT jobs and created new positions with bright futures. For the IT professional with big aspirations and a solid work ethic, the opportunities are endless as new specialties and jobs virtually appear out of thin air.

But job prospects can be just as bleak to some as they are bright for others. With so much change occurring in IT, information technology trends have served more or less as a double-edged sword, and IT professionals who drag their heels in accepting and mastering new skills and fields are quick to become obsolete — and, eventually, passed over in job searches for applicants more current on the technologies of today and tomorrow.

In this three-part series, Gradversity will review how the latest trends in information technology are affecting the industry from an employment perspective, as well as what professionals can do to position themselves for promising futures. This first installment focuses on how these trends are creating new opportunities in the IT jobs market.

Mobile technology and the computer of tomorrow
The rise of mobile technology, particularly mobile applications, has created a wellspring of opportunities for information technology professionals. Thousands of companies, from small businesses and mammoth corporations to video game software developers and news organizations, have hired mobile technology professionals to develop mobile applications, mobile websites and other technology that better connects them to their consumer base.

And the ability to develop these mobile apps, to some extent, is a product of cloud computing technology that is expected to explode in popularity in the coming years. Billed as the heir apparent to the personal computer, cloud computing transforms computing into a service to which users can subscribe. Cloud technology provides much broader access to software and applications and provides virtually unlimited, fully customizable data storage space for users, as well as security features and IT support for all users.

The cloud continues to serve as a landing spot for many IT professionals as it becomes more and more populated with businesses and individual users and significant job growth is expected in the field. But some of the jobs cropping up on the cloud won’t have materialized from nothing — they will have migrated from elsewhere.

Restructuring today’s positions to better serve tomorrow’s IT
Today, many IT positions can be found at businesses and organizations requiring professionals to manage their computer systems and data storage. As more and more computing is done on the cloud, businesses will have a lessened dependence on in-house IT personnel, opting instead for the IT professionals lying in wait on the other side of the cloud.

This means that some IT positions currently found at businesses will instead be found at the offices of one of the many different cloud computing providers. However, information technology personnel will still have a purpose as in-house staff for many businesses and organizations, particularly those continuing to manage data storage in-house and needing to integrate their in-house computing with their cloud-based operations.

But one common thread connects all of these jobs together — the cloud. For IT professionals to be successful and relevant in the coming years, a familiarity and knowledge of the cloud will be essential. This new technology can be learned and mastered through continued education and by keeping abreast of the latest trends — and embracing them, rather than resisting them. Even as information technology changes shape — drastically, in some cases — information technology professionals will continue to be a much-needed resource for many businesses. But in a field dependent upon continued innovation, there’s no sense turning a cold shoulder to the inevitable future.

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