Around the world, there is one overwhelming fact: Computers play a greater role in day-to-day business operations than ever before. In the 1960s, computers were bulky and complex and technology experts were not as widely needed. In the 80s and the decades that ensued, more and more businesses began to rely on computers and the demand for IT professionals began increasing exponentially. With the advent of the Internet in the 1990s and 2000s, knowledge of computers was plainly required to acquire and keep a high paying position in almost any field. Technology skills are needed in just about any industry from the automotive field to aeronautics to even the music industry!
The trend continues into 2016. Professional recruiters are looking for candidates who are knowledgeable about computers–whether it is data analysis, website development and design, or technical support. Here we’ll examine some of the top fields in which information technology experts will be needed, and the IT training to take to prepare for a career in IT in 2016!
Computer Service Technicians / Help Desk and Technical Support
Computer service technicians are valuable for their ability to troubleshoot and repair a variety of consumer devices including personal computers, laptops, mobile devices, and personal assistant devices. Technology is infiltrating our lives more each day. From media to automobiles, lights to security systems, even furniture, appliances and the newest – “wearable tech” …technology is everywhere.
As we all know, technology is great but only when it works. But when it doesn’t, technicians are the ones who save the day! Job growth is expected to grow exponentially as technology invades all aspects of our lives – whether we want it to or not!
For those wishing to begin a career in IT, this type of position is a great starting point. To become a service technician, most companies will require a basic skill set in personal computer essentials, networking, and basic security. CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), founded in 1982, at the dawn of the personal computer age, offers a variety of courses such as A+, Network+, and Security+ that will get you up to speed quickly on these basic requirements. By attaining IT certifications in these courses, it will prove to potential employers that you have a solid understanding of foundational IT concepts. They also have set guidelines of ethics and professionalism. Many CompTIA training and certification courses can be completed in under a month and CompTIA certifications can get you started on the path to working for Fortune 500 companies across the country. The courses and certifications pay for themselves in the long run. No matter which IT career or field you wish to enter, this training and certification looks excellent on a resume.
If you are interested in learning more about this career path, be sure to visit our Computer User Support Specialist IT Training program page!
According to the Computer World website, 39% of their survey respondents said they will be seeking a candidate with project management experience in the next 12 months. This skill has been in the top of desired skills for several years and is not going anywhere! There are so many businesses that wish to move ahead with all kinds of information technology projects. These companies need people who can design such projects and see them through to completion. This line of work requires that its workforce possess not only the ability to create and design projects, but also to lead a team. Recruiters seek leaders who have successfully led a team of IT professionals. Project management positions require several years in the IT field. Once you have the necessary experience, you can enroll in a project management training program that will help you get your PMP (Project Management Professional) certification to prove your skills to potential employers.
This skill is very much in demand today, and that need will increase in 2016. People who can design programs for cars to accomplish feats they were not capable of executing 20 years ago are sought after by recruiters in the car industry, for example. Back in 1995 few people envisioned that a program would be able to speak to a person in a very pleasant voice and give driving directions. Moreover, at that time driverless cars were not even thought of! Yet because of programming and application development, these things exist today.
Web Development / User Interface Design
Web Design and Development continues to score among the top 10 skills that job recruiters in our area seek because businesses understand more every day about the importance of a strong Internet presence and the power of such a presence in building a customer base. A Web designer must be able to build a website that looks professional, has an intuitive and mobile friendly user interface, write and optimize content and tags for search engines, and more. Classes in HTML, CSS, AJAX, jQuery, and search engine optimization will aid in the acquisition of this very much in-demand skillset.
Cyber Security continues to be among the top 10 most needed skills in 2016. Internet and network security breaches are prominently featured on the news all the time. U.S. News estimates that hackers cost companies more than $445 BILLION annually! Someone who is knowledgeable at keeping hackers and other cyber criminals at bay is extremely valuable and well paid at modern IT companies. There are several courses of study available for cyber security, from CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) to CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) to Vulnerability Assessment to Penetration Testing. With all of these specialties, talking to an experienced IT career consultant is advised to determine the best cyber security educational path.
The field of IT is rife with opportunity. Computers and the Internet are now integral parts of everyday life. They affect how you read, communicate, drive, check the weather, shop, watch TV, listen to music, and more! Computers have majorly impacted those individuals who work in fields such as health care, finance, retail, and education, just to name a few. Think about a career in IT and start your new future today!