Professors, analysts highlight evolution of the IT field

January 27, 2015

The proliferation of cloud computing has expanded the role of the IT worker and created a wide range of new responsibilities. As businesses find more uses for the cloud and other technological innovations, the demand for IT managers and tech engineers will continue to grow.

In the meantime, IT workers would be wise to gain a range of certifications that can both increase their knowledge of a relevant and emerging subject and bolster their credibility among employers and colleagues. As the digital workplace continually evolves, these job seekers must focus not just on their areas of expertise, but also on how they can better position themselves for fruitful roles in the sector.

Hiring trends for IT workers
David Foote, chief analyst and research officer with Foote Partners, recently spoke with CIO about emerging trends and increasingly relevant IT skills.

He said that the market value of IT certifications has increased by nearly 1 percent in the past year and gained for seven consecutive quarters. He also noted that companies are tapping into IT workers for their human resources departments. Foote said that business leaders are recognizing the challenges of this position, which can’t be easily done without a technologically proficient employee.

Meanwhile, the recovery of the U.S. economy over the past few months has created a number of different employment opportunities across a variety of sectors. This job growth is certainly helping job seekers in the IT field.

“We’ve noticed some really systemic changes happening now in the IT workforce composition,” Foote told the news outlet. “There was a big move to hire consultants and contingent workers over the last several years. But now people are bringing in full-timers and it’s starting to change. That is having a huge impact.”

Adapting in the digital age
Erik Brynjolfsson, an MIT professor, has written a pair of books on the societal reaction to the technological revolution, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power,” Brynjolfsson told the publication. “Digital technologies change rapidly, but organizations and skills aren’t keeping pace. As a result, millions of people are being left behind.”

The publication also spoke with Peter Sondergaard, the senior vice president of research for Gartner Inc., who said that 30 percent of all “knowledge worker jobs” will be handled by robots, software and other intelligent machines 10 years from now. To compensate for the rising influence of technology in the workplace, The Journal advises IT workers to prepare themselves by bolstering their knowledge base – something that machines struggle to replace.