Here was the full list of questions and answers that became the article, What IT takes: Jobs in Information Technology, by Kristyn Schiavone.
Question 1: What do you consider to be the top three, in terms of job market, salary, etc?
– 1) Object Oriented Java-Script
– 2) Ruby on Rails
– 3) Mobile Development- Android, Objective C, Cocoa
– Salary ranges: Mid-Level $75,000 to $100,000, Sr. Level $110,000- $140,000
Question 2: What do companies look for when they’re hiring tech professionals?
– Proven track record of career development
– How the candidates got started in technology
– Outside interests, side projects
Question 3: What is causing the talent shortage in technology, lack of IT Professionals or that there are not enough whose skill sets are up-to-date?
– Since 2000/2001 College Graduate levels have been cut in half.
– 2007 was the bottom, 12,000 vs, 24,000
– 2012 levels are increasing, but only to 14,000
– Every industry complains about a lack of quality, not the quantity
Question 4: What makes a good IT professional? How can students or aspiring IT professionals decide which concentration, such as computer support, database administration or software engineering, is right for them?
– Logical, Math-focused, Problem solver, slightly introverted
– Software engineering departments are directly interacting with Business Units now, more than ever
– DBA- the highest paying support type of role
– Computer Support- a good entry level role
Questions 5: What’s rewarding about a career in IT? What’s challenging?
– Rewarding: Cross Industry and Cross Country, Constantly Changing, much more visible career than ever before (Apple Effect), High Paying Career, Adds a lot of value
– Challenging: knowing that you are at the right company to advance and stay current with technology, to keep up with all of the latest and greatest technology (Staying Current), hours can be long and sporadic
Question 6: Have you seen a recent increase in people entering the field? So you think the number of tech students and experts to continue to grow?
– Yes and Yes
Question 7: Because it’s such a fast-changing field, how can continuing education affect someone’s IT career long-term?
– A career in technology is not all about the degree, more about the on the job experience and solving real-world problems
– Technology is a passion and not always a perfect science, lots of moving parts, Server, Client, Hardware, Software, Service Provider, Data, etc.
– Advanced careers and training are more relevant for MGMT, Leadership and career switches