As IT jobs grow, roles change

May 6, 2014

New reports continue to surface concerning the growth of IT jobs around the country. As these tech-heavy jobs continue to expand in size and prominence, they may also be changing the future outlook of the overall industry, helping diversify and add new roles to its long-term directions.

According to the New York Business Journal, there has been large growth in IT and tech positions in the past five years. The industry as a whole has added more than 25,000 jobs, which represents a growth of 33 percent – four times faster than the city at large has seen in that same time period. A majority of those jobs were said to be in digital media, which means everything from website design to new development for different media strategies, to software creation and publishing. Traditional IT positions, where workers would design, manage and operate computer systems, grew by 35 percent in that time.

Industry transforming
Tech Republic noted that with the changes in the IT industry in a positive direction, there have also been changes in long-term direction of some job descriptions and responsibilities. Many are increasingly integrating business-related needs into their requirements, leading to new developments in the market at large.

One example comes from analysis of networks. Not only will analysis be looking at a range of data figures and making determinations based on their projected outcomes, but they'll also be looking at these figures in an increasingly business-related context. These workers will likely need to increasingly work with company officials, outside vendors and IT developers alike, and being able to conflate the three groups' needs into one will be increasingly important in future years.

Programmers and developers may soon also need to express their skills and abilities in the light of certain IT needs. An increasing number of programmers will need to be able to write IT infrastructure support themselves, which will give them better opportunities to assist workers in long-term development needs. IT will also need new numbers of generalized skill workers who can harness the right needs for storage, service and network developments alike.

Another increasingly important role will be that of the infrastructure architect. As company networks get larger and harder to control in coming years, these architects will work to build a reliable framework out of IT needs and use it to guide future developments in the market. In the future, the role is likely to expand as organizations will need more concrete results than ever.