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Career in IT Sector

IT Developers

Before businesses can utilize computer applications, someone needs to create them. Software developers create applications. These developers plan and design a concept and then take it through testing and implementation stages, using scripting languages like JavaScript, SQL and html.

Network Engineer

A network engineer designs, sets up, maintains, and upgrades computer and telecommunication networks. This is one of the most technically difficult and demanding of all IT careers in recent scenario. Disaster recovery strategies, security, and data storage are often handled by this professional as well.

Network Administrator

The network administrator maintains & supports the existing networks such as local area networks(LANs) & wide area networks(WANs). This includes internet and intranet communications as well as server maintenance, troubleshooting & network security against online threats.

Computer Scientist

Computer devices and hardware are developed and designed by computer scientists, who are typically specialize in just one component, such as motherboards, routers, or modems. Computer scientists typically work on the theoretical side of computer systems, as opposed to the hardware side.

Systems Analyst

The systems analyst is also known as the solutions specialist, systems engineer, technical designer, or product specialist. This professional finds solutions to business problems by investigating issues, analyzing them, and then designing information systems as well as identifying the costs & requirements.

Business Analyst

The business analyst discusses information technology with business managers, tech people, and end users in order to find improvements for business operations and processes. This IT professional will analyze a client’s needs, gather and document requirements, and create project plans.

Tech Support

Technical support person troubleshoots IT problems. These IT professionals have the skills needed to respond to requests for help & support to monitor & maintain workplace technology. Technical support also goes by the IT job titles of helpdesk support, problem manager, or operations analyst.

IT Consultant

The Ionformation Technology consultant or specialist provides technical expertise to external clients, typically on a per-project or contract basis. The IT consultant may develop and implement IT systems, manage IT projects, provide after-sales support, or even develop code for other IT professionals.

Benefits in IT Career

Good Pay

There is no standard payment for all tech jobs. As much as IT employees of a company such as UBER probably earn decent salaries, they still do not make Mark Zuckerberg money. However, with increasing demand for technology, the biggest advantage by far of having a job in IT is that technical services attract relatively high payments in corporate, government and freelance positions. According to the Dice Salary Survey, 2015 saw the largest overall salary increase ever for IT pros! View some of the highest-paying IT certifications.

Career Growth

Techies never have to worry about becoming obsolete. We have not yet even scratched the surface of the magnitude of technology. Every day there are new advancements in the IT field that require skilled professional IT workers. If you are looking for a career change, you need to take a long hard look at the tech world. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the average growth of the industry at 18% through 2020. Everyone has the potential to grow in technical careers and earn more money with that growth.

A Feeling of Self Worth

Working in a career of your choice AND being appreciated is the most fulfilling ever. Employers recognize techs at every level of employment. They handle delicate parts of an organization. If they slacked on their tech jobs they would affect all operations. It is these same techs who train other employees on resolving every day issues on their own or improve processes making productivity soar. Keeping up with the technological trends is a daily job for a tech. They learn new software and about new applications. The continuous process of learning earns them many accolades, which increase their value.

Constant Complaints and Requests

Technology is not one of those skills that everyone in a company has. People can be very oblivious to and sometimes ignorant of technology. Tech employees are not lonely! There will always be many complaints and requests from your colleagues, probably for things that are not even covered in your job description. By the time you troubleshoot one computer, the other one switched off and the owner is convinced the machine has crashed when actually they unplugged the power cord when they stepped on it! The job can be very complicated and frustrating and requires patience. In a freelance scenario, people may undermine your work to try to get away without paying.

Specialization

Ordinary people do not understand the entire technological mumble jumble. They assume a techie can solve any technical problem. They do not know the many tech specialists. There are application programmers, web developers, cyber security specialists, network administrators, desktop support specialists, system administrators and more! They may assume you are not qualified enough, if they don’t understand your specialization, experience, and qualifications.

Long Hours, Odd Hours

Technologists are always busy. In general, IT workers can have long working hours at least some of the time. Systems are not likely to break or cause problems when it is convenient for everyone which can cause long and odd work hours. Being an IT can affect your social and family life, sleep routines, activities, etc. depending on the job and responsibilities.

Tech Dependency

Techies are technology dependent. Their problem-solving skills revolve around gadgets and they like it that way! Some IT pros may not be the greatest at customer and co-worker relations. Long hours of facing a computer screen and problem solving can cut into rest or sleep time and make them irritable.

Adaptability

Another benefit of a computer career is that your skills are adaptable, giving you options that open up even more opportunities. For example, if you work with computers at a doctor's office but you want to switch jobs, it is unlikely that you will have to relearn everything to work with computers for a growing financial firm. Computer skills tend to build upwards, meaning that the skills you learn at one job are likely to benefit you later in your career, even if you are working in a completely different field. Since computers are so pervasive in almost every industry, a career in computers is one way to stay open to as many different opportunities as possible.

Work Anywhere

Unlike many other jobs, careers with computers allow you a great degree of mobility. If you are talented with computers, it is likely that you can get a job just about anywhere, whether it's with another branch of the same company or in a totally new business in another part of the world. Computer careers often are convenient because they don't always require your physical presence. The same job often can be performed whether you move out of the country or down the street. Computer skills can also allow you to work from home or start your own business.

Challenges in IT Career

Stress

Don't let anyone ever tell you that a career in IT is easy going. It's a rare occasion that someone will have a job in the IT field where there isn't stress. Remember, IT is disaster management. When a client or user calls you, it's almost always an emergency that must be taken care of immediately. And when you are working on those jobs, you had better get everything right, as failure could cost you a contract or a job. What makes this worse is that the stress rarely lets up. Every minute of the day, you are working and working harder than you might expect.

Hours

If you want a Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 job, look elsewhere — IT seems to be a job you carry around with you 24/7. Not only do you put in more hours in the office (or the field) than your average professional, you also have to work outside the office to keep your skills up and make sure you're better than the guy standing next to you. And the people who aren't your clients or users (friends and family, for example) will want to take advantage of your knowledge and keep their computers running smoothly for free.

Getting paid

If you are an independent contractor, one of the most stressful issues you face is getting paid. I can't tell you how many consultants I know who have had to make threats or use an attorney to get paid. And when you're freelancing, if they don't pay you, you don't eat. That is some serious stress there. You don't have the advantage of having that regular check coming in weekly or biweekly. Honing your interpersonal skills is key to keeping those relationships as good as possible. Good relationships (even with not-so-good people) will go a long way to make sure you do eventually get paid.

People (in general)

After being in the consulting business, you may found yourself getting taken advantage of used, abused, unpaid, underpaid, unappreciated, and more. It's a constant fight to resist wanting to retreat to the woods and off the grid. That is not to say that people, in general, are bad. It's just that when you have your IT hat on, people seem to look at you in a different light. You are both savior and sinner in one stressed-out package.

The chain of command

Let's face it. Not many higher-ups understand your job. They think you should be able to get everything done on a shoestring budget, with no help, and you should treat end users as if they were better humans than yourself. And to make matters worse, the higher-ups want you to magically make those PCs last for more than a decade. This misunderstanding of both duty and technology does one thing: It makes your job impossible. When the powers-that-be begin to micromanage your department for you, every single bad element is exacerbated. You know your job and management does not know your job. But they don't know they don't know your job. It's all a vicious Mobius strip of stress.

Technology

Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like the whole of technology has rebelled against you and it looks like the singularity might very well be on the horizon? Those days will have you wishing you were walking out of the building with your belongings in a cardboard box. This has been one of the issues I have had to deal with since working with a consultancy that deals primarily with Windows clients. It seems that entropy has a strong hold on the Windows operating system, and every day is a battle to keep PCs and systems working. Some days you win that battle, some days you lose it. The days you win are always lost in the pile of days you lose.

Lack of standards

Our lives would be infinitely better if some sort of standards could be applied, across the board, in IT. Many open source projects have done everything they can to achieve a set of standards, only to be knocked down by proprietary software. Those proprietary software vendors want to keep their code closed and not compliant with standards so they can keep their bottom line as padded as possible. You may get that, you can really do. But while they are refusing to conform to any sort of standard, they are causing end users and IT pros any number of horrendous headaches on a daily basis. There is no reason why standards can't be followed without preventing proprietary software vendors from making a killing.

Competition

One thing you can count on — there will always be someone better than you. But in an IT industry, it isn't a 1:1 ratio. Instead, it seems that for every one of you there are one hundred IT pros who are smarter, faster, and better equipped. That ratio is quickly realized in dollar signs. Remember, the IT landscape is constantly changing, and if you can't keep up, you may not be hired or remain employed. The longer you are in this business, the more you would realize it's a young person's game. Being as agile as necessary, being able to work the necessary hours... it all adds up. Every day we work is another day even more competition is added to the field, and the competition is fierce.

The Cloud

Every time I hear an actor on TV speak the phrase "to the cloud" I want to pull out my hair and kick in the television. The cloud has been one of those aspects of IT whose definition has been, and probably always will be, in flux. What exactly is the cloud? Should I be using it? Is the cloud safe? How much does the cloud cost? I get hit with these questions all the time. Generally, I just answer by asking the clients if they've used Google Docs before. If they say "yes," I tell them they are already using the cloud. But that is never satisfying. Clients and end users want the cloud to be some magical experience that will make all their work easier, better, and faster. If only they knew the truth.